Workshop, Tutorials and Competitions

DESI VII Workshop on Using Advanced Data Analysis in eDiscovery & Related Disciplines to Identify and Protect Sensitive Information in Large Collections

The DESI VII workshop will provide a platform for discussion of best practices and innovations in the use of advanced search technology, text classification, language processing, data organization, visualization and related techniques for the purposes of accessing and managing electronically stored information. One focus of the DESI VII workshop will be on emerging protocols and novel techniques for identifying and protecting sensitive information in large collections. The workshop will also welcome contributions on other topics that are within the workshop’s broader scope. We expect the refined focus on protecting sensitive content this year to be directly relevant to at least four application contexts: (i) eDiscovery in complex litigation, (ii) European Union (EU) privacy policies, (iii) audits and internal investigations, and (iv) public access to government records.

More information is available in the Call for papers.

17th Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument

AI has witnessed a prodigious growth in uses of argumentation throughout many of its subdisciplines: agent system negotiation protocols that demonstrate higher levels of sophistication and robustness; argumentation-based models of evidential relations and legal processes that are more expressive; groupwork tools that use argument to structure interaction and debate; computer-based learning tools that exploit monological and dialogical argument structures in designing pedagogic environments; decision support systems that build upon argumentation theoretic models of deliberation to better integrate with human reasoning; and models of knowledge engineering structured around core concepts of argument to simplify knowledge elicitation and representation problems. Furthermore, benefits have not been unilateral for AI, as demonstrated by the increasing presence of AI scholars in classical argumentation theory events and journals, and AI implementations of argument finding application in both research and pedagogic practice within philosophy and argumentation theory.

The workshop focuses on the issue of modelling "natural" argumentation. Naturalness may involve the use of means which are more visual than linguistic to illustrate a point, such as graphics or multimedia. Or to the use of more sophisticated rhetorical devices, interacting at various layers of abstraction. Or the exploitation of "extra-rational" characteristics of the audience, taking into account emotions and affective factors.

More information is available at the Workshop webpages.

ICAIL 2017 Workshop — Evidence & Decision Making in the Law

We intend to foster an interdisciplinary debate on the interactions between evidential reasoning establishing the facts and deliberative decision making determining legal action. In the process, different values must be balanced, in particular accuracy, fairness and efficiency.

The workshop should be of interest to researchers in AI & Law working on legal reasoning, argumentation theory, the interface between probability, psychology and argumentation; legal scholars in evidence law, criminal and civil procedure; the law & economics community; philosophers of law, legal epistemologists, logicians and probability theorists; social scientists, sociologists, economists and anthropologists with an interest in the law.

More information is available in the Call for papers.

Workshop on Blockchain, Smart Contracts and Law

Blockchain is an emerging technology for decentralised and transactional data sharing across a large network of untrusted participants. It enables new forms of distributed software architectures, where agreement on shared states can be established without trusting a central integration point. Besides, smart contracts are promoted as means to leverage efficiency, security and impartiality in the execution of an agreement, thereby reducing the costs in implementing contracts, facilitating their use and execution and increasing trust between contracting parties. Smart contracts can be implemented in open blockchain systems, and many technical and legal challenges arise with the rapid development of these technologies. The aim of the workshop is to promote research at the intersection of blockchain systems, smart contracts and law.

More information is available in the Call for papers.

Competition on Legal Information Extraction/Entailment (COLIEE) 2017

The 4th Competition on Legal Information Extraction and Entailment (COLIEE-2017) is a competition derived from Japanese bar exams. There are two tasks in the competition. One is to extract articles from Japanese civil codes which contribute to solving a bar exam yes/no question; the second task is to check entailment of a question from given civil code article(s). We also provide various NLP tools' outputs for training data to help your information retrieval and textual entailment.

More information is available in the Call for participation.