CEILI Workshop on Legal Data Analysis JURIX2016


Wednesday, 14 December 2016
JURIX2016 – University of Nice Sophia Antipolis

Session 1: 9-11 hours. Chair: Michal Araszkiewiez

Opening: Michal Araszkiewiez, Erich Schweighofer, Bernhard Waltl

Wolfgang Alschner and Aleksander Umov. Towards an Integrated Database of International Economic Law Disputes for Text-as-data Analysis

Damien Charlotin. The Place of investment awards and WTO decisions in international law: a citation analysis

Enrico Francesconi. A Knowledge Modelling Approach for Promoting Citizens’ Participation in the EU Law Making Process

11-11.30 Break (air, coffee, tea, etc.)

Session 2: 11.30-13. Chair: Bernhard Waltl

Jakub Harašta and Matěj Myška. Citation analysis – case study of Directive 96/9/EC

Blaise Devaud and Franz Kummer. Legal search in the Swiss judicial decisions: problems and Solutions

Bernhard Waltl. Differentiation and Empirical Analysis of Reference Types in Legal Documents

13-14 lunch

Session 3: 14-15.30. Chair: Wolfgang Alschner

Erich Schweighofer. Three-tier communication of law: text, visualisation and code

Roundtable: How should law be communicated and analysed on the example of international law
Panelists: Wolfgang Alschner (chair), Kevin Ashley, Erich Schweighofer, Bernhard Waltl, Radbould Winkels (invited)


Deadline for submissions: 31 October 2016  – extended: 15 November 2016

Please submit at the following address of the Easychair Conference Programme:




held in conjunction with
University of Nice Sophia Antipolis


Workshop Organisers:
Michal Araszkiewiez, 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 with legal data in information systems from a lawyer’s and citizen’s perspective; trying to get support in mastering big data in law but also respecting privacy issues.

The pervasive use of information systems has led to tremendous success in enterprises and businesses. With 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 tasks in legal science and legal practice are. Most recent developments have unveiled unexpected possibilities in overcoming the retrieval constraints of access to legal knowledge. Pre-defined formal models of legal knowledge and semantic documents allow semantics of textual and structural information with tools of Natural Language Processing, Named Entity Recognition, Network Analysis, Information Retrieval and additional analysis and measurements. The user perspective is fundamental during the planning, design, implementation and maintenance. This workshop particularly encourages submissions describing concrete user problems, needs and concerns in the context of legal data and legal analysis.

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.

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 with 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
  • Access to Data and Open Data Initiatives
  • Analysis of the network like structure of legal systems and legislations
  • Forecast and prediction models on legal data
  • Predictive Coding
  • Computational Law
  • Applications and Technologies for eDiscovery and Forensic Science
  • Natural Language Processing in IS
  • Multi-lingual aspects of NLP in the legal domain
  • Interoperability of logic frameworks and natural language processing
  • Foundations, technology and emerging applications (Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Smart Contracts, etc.) in the legal domain
  • 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
  • Semantic relations in electronic files (e-justice and e-government)
  • Societal impact of emerging IS technology in the legal domain
  • Argumentation mining
  • Legal interpretation modelling (including judicial interpretation and doctrinal interpretation)
  • Privacy and big data issues

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 and later extended versions published in Jusletter IT (http://www.jusletter-it.eu).


Dr. Michal Araszkiewiez, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

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

Bernhard Waltl, Technische Universität München

Programme Committee (tbc)

Workshop participants will be selected by a peer review of abstracts by the Programme Committee.

Prof. Dr. Witold Abramowicz, University of Business Administration, Poznan
Wolfgang Alschner, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva
Dr. Michal Araszkiewicz, Jagiellonian University, Kraków
Prof. Dr. Kevin Ashley, University of Pittsburgh
Prof. Dr. Zsolt Balogh, Corvinus University of Budapest
Prof. Dr. Danièle Bourcier, Université de Paris II & CNRS
Prof. Dr. Vytautas Čyras, University of Vilnius
Dr. Enrico Francesconi ITTIG Florenz
Prof. Dr. Fernando Galindo, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Dr. Matthias Grabmair, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
Franz Kummer, Weblaw & Universität Bern, Bern
Prof. Dr. Florian Matthes, Technische Universität München
Yannis Panagis,University of Copenhagen
Prof. Dr. Joost Pauwelyn, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva
Prof. Dr. Monica Palmirani, CIRSFID, University of Bologna
Dr. Radim Polčak, Masaryk University, Brno
Giovanni Ratti
Martin Rollinger,SINC, Wiesbaden
Prof. Dr. Giovanni Sartor, European University Institute & University of Bologna
Jaromir Savelka,University of Pittsburgh
Prof. Dr. Dr. Erich Schweighofer, University of Vienna, Austria
Prof. Dr. Ted Sichelman,University of San Diego, School of Law
Dr. Noam Slonim, IBM Haifa Research Lab
Prof. Dr. Vern Walker, Hofstra University
Bernhard Waltl, Technische Universität München
Dr. Adam Wyner, The University of Dundee of Aberdeen
Tomasz Zurek, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin


Extended: 15 November 2016 31 October 2016: Submission of draft paper (at least 4 pages)
Extended: 25 November 2016 15 November 2016: Notification of acceptance
30 November 2016: Submission of nearly final version of paper for workshop documentation
14 December 2016: workshop at University of Nice Sophia Antipolis
21 December 2016: final version of paper for on-line publication in Jusletter IT (tbc)

Submission of Abstracts and Papers

Via the Easychair conference system

Requests and Information

Erich Schweighofer, erich.schweighofer@univie.ac.at

Short Profiles of the organisation and the organisers

The Central European Institute of Legal Informatics intends to provide a platform of scientific exchange on legal informatics in the Central European region and neighbouring countries. Established in 2015, it tries to stimulate and improve long-standing informal networks between researchers in this region.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Erich Schweighofer

University of Vienna, Centre for Computers and Law
Schottenbastei 10-16/2/5, 1010 Wien AT
Tel. +43 1 4277 35305, Fax +43 1 4277 9353

Erich Schweighofer is Professor of Legal Informatics, International Law and European Law & Head of the Centre of Legal Informatics at the University of Vienna (http://rechtsinformatik.univie.ac.at). He has over twenty years experience of funded research in legal informatics. He holds degrees in law, informatics, economics and international relations.

His technical background includes all aspects of law in the knowledge society, in particular legal retrieval systems, legal ontologies, semiautomatic text analysis and document categorisation, digital forensic, digital signatures etc. He was head or local co-ordinator of many research projects.

He chairs the legal informatics groups in Germany (GI Gesellschaft für Informatik) and Austria (OCG Austrian Computer Society). Every year, he organizes the well-known Legal Informatics Conference IRIS (http://www.univie.ac.at/RI/IRIS17).

Dr. Michał Araszkiewicz, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Department of Legal Theory, Jagiellonian University
Ul. Bracka 12, 31-005 Kraków, Poland

Michał Araszkiewicz has published more than 40 peer reviewed papers in the fields of legal philosophy, legal argumentation, logic and AI & Law. Member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law. He acts as the Vice-President of the ArgDiaP organization, concerned with research on theory and practice of argumentation, and a founding member of Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Jagiellonian University. Michał Araszkiewicz obtained fellowships from the SYLFF foundation, the Foundation for Polish Science and from the Minister of Science and Higher Education. He is also admitted to practice as a legal advisor in Poland. He serves as an expert in the Centre for Research, Study and Legislation of the Polish Chamber of Legal Advisors and in the independent think-tank INPRIS – the Institute for Law and Society.

Bernhard Waltl, University of Technology, Munich

Technische Universität München, Software Engineering for Enterprise Information Systems
Boltzmannstraße 3, D-85748 Garching
Phone +49 89 289-17124

Bernhard Waltl has been a research associate at the chair for Software Engineering of Business Information Systems (sebis) at the Technische Universität München since May 2014. He holds a master’s degree in Informatics from the Technische Universität München. Additionally, he holds a master’s degree in Philosophy of Science and Technology (WTPhil) from the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS), with a focus on philosophy of science, complexity and risks.

His research area includes modelling and management of legal obligations and the analysis of legal texts. Within his research he cooperates with leading legal scientists and practitioners. More detailed information about this cooperation can be found on www.lexalyze.de and www.en.lexalyze.de.