CEILI Workshop on Legal Data Analysis, JURIX2015

CEILI Workshop on Legal Data Analysis, JURIX2015, 9 December 2015, Braga, PT


Wednesday, 9 December 2015, 9.30-12.50 hours

Law SchoolUniversity of Minho, in the city of Braga, Portugal
Room 005

held in conjunction with

JURIX 2015, the 28th International Conference on
Legal Knowledge and Information Systems,
Universidade do Minho, Braga, 10-11 December 2015

Workshop Organisers:
Erich Schweighofer, Bernhard Waltl

09.30-09.35 Opening remarks

Erich Schweighofer, Bernhard Waltl

09.35-10.15 Invited talk 
Chaired by Bernhard Waltl

Michal Araszkiewicz, Logical modelling of statutory rules: approaches, limitations and the way forward

10.15-11 Data analytics
Chaired by Michal Araszkiewicz
  1. Bernhard Waltl,LEXIA: A Data Science Environment for Legal Texts
  2. Erich Schweighofer,The Role of AI & Law in Legal Data Science
11-11.20 Coffee break
11.20-12.20 Roundtable on the future of legal data analysis (with organisers and speakers; further panellists: Vytautas Cyras, Giovanni Sator, Adam Wyner
Chaired by
Erich Schweighofer

12.20-12.45 Legal Ontologies
Chaired by Erich Schweighofer

 Kolawole John Adebayo, Luigi Di Caro and Guido Boella, Annotating Legal Documents with Ontology Concepts

12.45-12.50 Closing remarks

Erich Schweighofer, Bernhard Waltl


The Workshop on Legal Data Analysis of the Central European Institute of Legal Informatics (CEILI) intends to focus on representation, analysis and reasoning of legal data in huge text corpora and information systems.

The pervasive use of information systems has led to tremendous success in enterprises and businesses. Following a user-centric design, information systems (IS) have proven their value in today’s companies on several occasions. This especially holds for time-, data-, and knowledge-intensive tasks, which most of the processes and tasks in legal science and legal practice are. This workshop is intended to be a forum for discussion of research ideas, questions and developments addressing all kind of concrete user support in processes related to the representation, analysis and reasoning on legal information. Most recent developments have unveiled unexpected possibilities in terms of Natural Language Processing, Named Entity Recognition and additional analysis and measurements.  Algorithms that can analyze semantics of textual and structural information can easily be integrated in existing systems and can operate on existing data. Considering the user perspective is fundamental during the planning, design, implementation and maintenance of IS. This workshop particularly encourages submissions describing concrete user problems, needs, concerns in the context of legal data and legal analysis.

Participation is most welcome on all topics relevant to these research domains, including:

  • User stories and use cases of legal analysis in combination with IS
  • User centered design in the domain of legal informatics
  • Representation of legal information and legislative texts (including contracts and patents)
  • Modeling of legal information and legislative texts (including contracts and patents)
  • Reasoning of legal information and legislative texts (including contracts and patents)
  • Design of electronic contracts and SLAs
  • Usage of ontologies in information systems to support representation, analysis and reasoning on legal information
  • Big Data analysis of textual information in IS
  • Analysis of the network like structure of legal systems and legislations
  • Forecast and prediction models on legal data
  • Natural Language Processing in IS
  • Interoperability of logic frameworks and natural language processing
  • Drawbacks and Limitations of logic frameworks, natural language processing, usage of ontologies in IS, etc.
  • Measurements, such as quantitative linguistics, and correlations on legal data
  • Information retrieval in IS, including optimization, reformulation, refinement and expansion of queries and facets

We invite researchers to submit their original papers (drafts 4-10 pages, final papers: 8 pages, 2400 words) on these themes. In case of acceptance, the paper will be included in the workshop materials.


Dr. Michael Araszkiewiez, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Prof. Dr. Dr. Erich Schweighofer, University of Vienna, Austria

Bernhard Waltl, University of Technology, Munich

Programme Committee

Participants will be selected by a peer review of abstracts by the Programme Committee. The Programme Committee will include members of the various linguistic groups.


Prof. Dr. Witold Abramowicz, University of Business Administration, Poznan  (tbc)

Dr. Michal Araszkiewicz, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Prof. Dr. Zsolt Balogh, Corvinus University of Budapest  (tbc)

Prof. Dr. Danièle Bourcier, Université de Paris II & CNRS (tbc)

Prof. Dr. Vytautas Cyrus, University of Vilnius (tbc)

Prof. Dr. Fernando Galindo, University of Zaragoza, Spain (tbc)

Matthias Grabmair, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, matthias.grabmair@gmail.com

Dr. Radim Polcak, University of Brno  (tbc)

Prof. Dr. Giovanni Sartor, European University Institute & University of Bologna (tbc)

Prof. Dr. Dr. Erich Schweighofer, University of Vienna, Austria

Bernhard Waltl, University of Technology, Munich

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Lachmayer, University of Innsbruck (tbc)



15 October 2015: Submission of draft papers (at least 4 pages)

31 October 2015: Notification of acceptance

21 November 2015: Submission of final version of paper

9 December 2015, Braga, Portugal: Workshop