We are pleased to present to you the proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems – JURIX 2017. For three decades, the JURIX conferences have been held under the auspices of the Dutch Foundation for Legal Knowledge Based Systems (www.jurix.nl). In the time, it has become a European conference in terms of the diverse venues throughout Europe and the nationalities of participants. The conference continues to address familiar topics and extending known techniques as well as reaching out to newer topics such as question-answering and using data-mining and machine-learning.
The 2017 edition of JURIX, which runs from 13–15 December, takes place in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, on the Kirchberg Campus of the University of Luxembourg. We received 42 submissions for this edition, 12 of which were selected for publication as full papers (10 pages in the proceedings) and 13 as short papers (six pages in the proceedings), for an acceptance rate of around 59%. All papers were rigorously reviewed. The strongest papers were accepted as full-papers, for an acceptance rate of 28.6%, while borderline or weakly acceptable papers were accepted as short papers, making up 30% of accepted papers. The papers address a wide range of topics in Artificial Intelligence and Law, such as argumentation, norms, evidence, belief revision, citations, case based reasoning, and ontologies; diverse techniques were applied such as information retrieval and extraction, machine learning, semantic web, and network analysis amongst others; the textual sources included legal cases, Bar Examinations, and legislative/regulatory documents.
This year, our invited speakers lead AI and Law research and development in industry and government. One speaker was Tonya Custis, who is a Research Director at Thomson Reuters, where she leads a team of Research Scientists performing applied research in Artificial Intelligence technologies. She is currently leading projects that explore Question Answering and Natural Language Understanding in the Legal domain. Our other speaker was Monica Palmirani, who is a professor in Computer Science and Law and Legal Informatics at University of Bologna, School of Law. Amongst other activities, she has been a lead on efforts to develop the OASIS standards LegalDocML and the LegalRuleML, which aim to make the structure and content of legal documents machine-readable. Our speakers highlight the impact of current work of Artificial Intelligence and Law on real work practice.
In addition to the main conference program, the workshops added opportunities for work focussed on research beyond the usual JURIX scope. The First Workshop on Technologies for Regulatory Compliance provided a forum for discussion of research on technologies for regulatory compliance which use semantic resources or Artificial Intelligence techniques. The Fourth Workshop on Legal Data Analysis of the Central European Institute of Legal Informatics (LDA: CEILI) focussed on the representation, analysis, and reasoning with legal data in information systems from a lawyer's and citizen's perspective. The Ninth Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and the Complexity of Legal Systems (AICOL) welcomed research in AI, political and legal theory, jurisprudence, philosophy of technology and the law, social intelligence, and normative multi-agent systems to address the ways in which the current information revolution affects the basic pillars of today's legal and political systems. Also, the Doctoral Consortium attracted additional papers and aimed to help young researchers enter the JURIX community.
Finally, we have the honour to thank the people who have contributed to make JURIX 2017 a success: the colleagues who supported local organisation; Tom van Engers and his Doctoral Consortium committee who worked with doctoral students on their submissions; the reviewers and sub-reviewers who ensured a strict but fair reviewing process; the authors who have submitted papers; the workshop organisers who added auxiliary meetings beyond the central programme of the main conference; and last but not least, the members of the JURIX Steering Committee as well as the current JURIX board who guide JURIX over the year.
Adam Wyner – JURIX 2017 Programme Chair
Giovanni Casini – JURIX 2017 Local Organisation