This is the second edition of the ICAIL Workshop on AI in Legal Practice, following the popular first edition held in 2017 in London. The aim of the workshop is to bring together all stakeholders interested in applying AI within legal practice. The workshop will consist of a variety of sessions, including invited talks from industry, demonstrations of LegalTech software, panels on current challenge topics and audience discussion about progressing the field. The workshop aims to be inclusive by bringing together lawyers, academics and commercial parties to foster knowledge exchange and collaborative working.


09:10Talk: "From the Lab to Industry: How to Productize your Research" by Alex Hudek, Kira Systems.
09:40Tool demonstrations:
  • Irosoft by René-Luc Morin
  • Blue J Legal by Adam Wells
10:45Coffee break.
11:15Talk: "The Montreal Data Licence" by Misha Benjamin, Element AI.
11:45Talk: "AI in Law Firms: What lawyers want and what lawyers need" by Eric Lavallée, Lavery.
13:30Panel discussions:
  • "What AI can and cannot do currently” with Marc Lauritsen, Capstone Systems and Bart Verheij, President of IAAIL.
  • "Regulatory and ethical issues” with Dominic Martin, Université du Québec à Montréal and Charles Morgan, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Challenges and benefits of implementing AI solutions in practice.
15:00Coffee break.
15:30Session on collaborative matchmaking.
16:00Audience discussion about future developments in LegalTech, Closing remarks.

The International Conference on AI and Law (ICAIL)

The Workshop in AI and Legal practice is organised as part of the 17th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence & Law (ICAIL). ICAIL is the primary international conference addressing research in AI and Law, and has been organized biennially since 1987 under the auspices of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL). ICAIL provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest research results and practical applications; it fosters interdisciplinary and international collaboration.


  • Katie Atkinson, University of Liverpool
  • Jeroen Keppens, King's College London
  • Alain Lavoie, Irosoft
  • Nick West, Mishcon de Reya

Venue and Registration

The workshop will take place in Room B-2215 on the third floor of Pavillon 3200 Jean-Brillant, Université de Montréal. Directions to the conference and workshop venue are available at the ICAIL 2019 website (Conference venue).

Please register using via the ICAIL 2019 webpage (Registration). Full conference registration or partial (one/two day) conference registration that includes Monday June 17th 2019 includes participation in this workshop.