International Conference on Artificial Intelligence & Law

The 15th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence & Law will take place at the University of San Diego next month. ICAIL has been held biennially since 1987 and provides a “forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest research results and practical applications and stimulates interdisciplinary and international collaboration.”

The proceedings are published by the Association for Computing Machinary (ACM) and the abstract from the proceedings of the 14th meeting has this to say about how research in this area has emerged and the complimentary nature of AI and law:

It is not a coincidence that the research fields of Artificial Intelligence and of Law have met, and merged into the interdisciplinary research field of Artificial Intelligence and Law. Both fields use formal methods, with their strengths and limitations; in AI there are software, logic and statistics, in Law there are statutes, procedures and institutions. Both fields are creative; in AI systems are built, experiments designed and paradigms replaced, in Law regulations are passed by lawmakers, precedents are set and ideologies balanced. Both fields struggle with the inevitable complexity of modeling human behavior; in AI with the goal to reconstruct human behavior, in Law with the goal to steer human behavior. These and other similarities are driving the active and dedicated community of AI and Law. Researchers are taking their inspiration from the Law with its insights developed over millennia combining them with AI’s half a century of lessons.”

The event begins on Monday, June 8th, with some fantastic pre-conference sessions that sound like they would all be well worth attending. Especially these two half day tutorials:

  • An Introduction to AI and Law / Chairs: Kevin Ashley and Matthias Grabmair
  • Learning and Population of Legal Ontologies / Chairs: Rosario Girardi

Concurrently there are two full-day workshops that are equally compelling:

  • Using Machine Learning and Other Advanced Techniques to Solve Legal Problems in E-Discovery and Information Governance / Chairs: Jason Baron, Jack Conrad, Amanda Jones, David Lewis, Douglas Oard
  • Multilingual Workshop on AI & Law Research / Chairs: Fernando Galindo, Erich Schweighofer and Cesar Serbena

The formal conference schedule then offers papers under these research areas:

  • Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing and Evaluation
  • Machine Learning
  • E-Discovery and Big Data
  • Argumentation
  • Reasoning with Evidence I
  • Intelligent Support Systems
  • Reasoning with Evidence II
  • Analysing Legal Texts
  • Legal Knowledge Representation
  • Deontic Logic

The conference ends on Friday, June 12th with another group of full-day workshops:

  • Law and Big Data: Empirical and Data-Centric Techniques for Legal, Judicial, and Administrative Systems / Chairs: Karl Branting and Radboud Winkels
  • Workshop on Automated Detection, Extraction and Analysis of Semantic Information in Legal Texts / Chairs: Kevin Ashley, Enrico Francesconi, Matthias Grabmair, Marc Lauritsen, Vern Walker, Adam Wyner
  • Studying Evidence in the Law: Formal, Computational and Philosophical Methods / Chairs: Marcello Di Bello and Bart Verheij

The deadline for early registration is May 10th.

Off to count my pennies to see if I can get myself over to this fabulous event!

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