Important dates

  • Apr 21th, 2017 — Submissions due
  • May 8th, 2017 — Notification of acceptance
  • Jun 12—16th — Conference

Doctoral Consortium (Second Call)

The ICAIL 2017 Doctoral Consortium aims at promoting the exchange of ideas from PhD reseachers in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Law, and to provide them an opportunity to interact and receive feedback from leading scholars and experts in the field. Specifically, the Consortium seeks to provide opportunities for PhD students to:

  • obtain fruitful feedback and advice on their research projects;
  • meet experts from different backgrounds working on topics related to the AI & Law and Legal Information Systems fields;
  • have a face to face mentoring discussion on the topic and methodology of the PhD with an international senior scholar;
  • discuss concerns about research, supervision, the job market, and other career-related issues.

To be eligible for the Consortium, a candidate must be a current doctoral student within a recognised university. Ideally, the candidate should have at least 8—12 months of work remaining before expected completion. The participants of the Doctoral Consortium must register for and attend the main conference. The PhD student should be the sole author of the submission.

The accepted thesis descriptions or research descriptions will be presented to an interested audience and subject to discussion during the ICAIL 2017 conference. We expect submissions addressing any topic related to the AI & Law discipline, including the topics listed in the call for papers for the main conference, which include but are not limited to:

  • Formal and computational models of legal reasoning, including argumentation, evidential reasoning, legal interpretation, and decision making
  • Knowledge acquisition techniques for the legal domain, including natural language processing, argument and data mining
  • Legal knowledge representation, including legal ontologies and common sense knowledge
  • Machine Learning applied to legal text to advance legal analytics
  • Automatic legal text classification and summarisation
  • Automated information extraction from legal databases and texts
  • Data mining applied to the legal domain
  • Conceptual or model-based legal information retrieval
  • E-government, e-democracy and e-justice
  • Legal and Ethical issues of AI and Law technology and its applications
  • Modelling norms and legal reasoning for multi-agent systems
  • Modelling negotiation and contract formation
  • Technical and legal aspects of smart contracts and application of blockchain technology in the legal domain
  • Big data and data analytics for and in the legal domain
  • Online dispute resolution
  • Intelligent legal tutoring systems
  • Intelligent support systems for the legal domain
  • Interdisciplinary applications of legal informatics methods and systems


Students are invited to submit an original description of their work addressing the following aspects:

  • A clear formulation of the research question;
  • An identification of the significant problems in the field of research;
  • An outline of the current knowledge of the problem domain, as well as the state of existing solutions;
  • A presentation of preliminary ideas, the proposed approach and the results achieved so far;
  • A sketch of the applied research methodology;
  • A description of the PhD project’s contribution to the problem solution;
  • A discussion of how the suggested solution is different, new, or better than existing approaches to the problem.

Thesis descriptions or research outcomes are limited to 10 pages in English using LNCS format and submitted electronically in PDF format jointly with a maximum 3 page CV. Please submit to

Submissions will be assessed by members from the AI and Law community who will consider how well the submissions address each of the aspects given above.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submission of papers: April 21th, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: May 8th, 2017
  • Conference: June 12—16th, 2017


The Best Paper of ICAIL 2017 Doctoral Consortium Award will be assigned to the most original, innovative and well presented research.


Bart Verheij
University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Guido Governatori
Data61, CSIRO, Australia

Programme ICAIL 2017 doctoral consortium

       Maria Siemaszkiewicz
       The Application of Artificial Intelligence in Polish Civil Proceedings
       Réka Markovich
       Understanding Rights and Duties. A Formal Approach to the Hohfeldian Conceptions
       Ruta Liepina
       Modelling Causation in Evidence-Based Legal Reasoning
       Mirna El Ghosh
       Automation of Legal Reasoning and Decision Based on Ontologies
       Robert van Doesburg
       A Formal Method for Interpretation of Sources of Norms