The 25th Annual Conference of the
British & Irish Law, Education & and Technology

Sunday, 28 – Tuesday 30 March 2010
Vienna, Austria

Organised by:
Vienna University Faculty of Law
Centre for Legal Informatics
Jointly with
OCG Austrian Computer Society
WZRI Vienna Centre for Legal Informatics

The focus of the 2010 annual conference will be on Globalisation, Internet and the Law Cyberspace, globalisation, global civil society and governance remain in the focus of interest, in particular in times of an economic crisis. 2010 is not only the magic year for the European knowledge society (Lisbon target) but may see the birth of an International Organisation deriving its authority from the global civil society. “Electronic life” becomes a reality. Questions of data protection and intellectual property determine more and more our life.

This year’s annual conference focuses on the ways in which law and technology can contribute to a better legal system in the era of globalisation. Law Schools have to contribute to this ongoing evolution in order to maintain efficient rule of law in the knowledge society.


Proposals are welcome for abstracts and expressions of interest to convene a stream in any of the following areas:

• E-learning and legal education
Technology in the law school
• Search technologies
• Document production
• E-discovery
• Knowledge systems and legal ontologies
• Virtual worlds / SNS
ICT law
• Intellectual property – including copyright, open source etc.
• Privacy and data-protection
• Intellectual property law
• Cybercrime – including criminological aspects
• E-commerce
• E-government
• E-justice
• E-democracy
Globalisation and governance
• Globalisation
• ICANN and Internet governance
Legal theory and education
• Legal theory and critical perspectives
• Legal semiotics

There will be a prize-winning competition for the best Postgraduate Student Paper presented at the conference.
Please upload abstracts of approx 500 words in MS Word or PDF via our conference programme MyReview or send an e-mail to Prof. DDr. Erich Schweighofer as soon as possible.
Suggestions for streams (including convenors) are welcome.
Deadline for late submissions: 15 January 2010

A first outline of the conference programme is available at the conference website.
Full papers accepted and presented at the conference will be put forward for peer-review or special editions of journals in the areas of law, technology and education (in particular: JILT/EJLT
The OCG Austrian Society of Computers and Law is considering to produce printed conference proceedings.
The accepted papers will be published with 15 December 2009 (early submissions) respectively 31 January 2010 (late submissions).

Programme Committee
General Chair
Dr. Burkhard SCHAFER, University of Edinburgh
Prof. Dr. AbdulHusein PALIWALA, University of Warwick
Sefton BLOXHAM, University of Cumbria Programme
Prof. DDr. Erich SCHWEIGHOFER (chair)
Mag. Anton GEIST (assistance)
Local Organisation
General Secretary Eugen MÜHLWENZL
Mag. Anton GEIST (assistance)
Stream organisers (status; will be enlarged)
Prof. Dr. Jon BING, University of Oslo (NO): internet governance
Dr. Colette R. BRUNSCHWIG, University of Zurich (CH): visualisation
Prof. Dr. Fernando GALINDO, University of Zaragoza (ES): liaison – SubTech Conference, July 2010, Zaragoza
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang KLEINWÄCHTER, University of Aarhus (DK): internet governance
Head of Unit Dr. Waltraud KOTSCHY, Federal Chancellery (AT): data protection
Lecturer and Director Franz KUMMER, Weblaw, Bern (CH): search technologies
Head of Unit Mag. Peter KUSTOR, Federal Chancellery, Vienna (AT): e-government
Prof. Dr. Friedrich LACHMAYER, University of Innsbruck (AT): legal semiotics
Prof. Dr. Philip LEITH, Queen’s University of Belfast (UK): intellectual property
Dr. Thomas MENZEL, Federal Ministry for Education, Art and Culture, Vienna (AT): e-learning
Prof. Dr. Dr. Gerald QUIRCHMAYR, University of Vienna (AT): knowledge systems
Lecturer Judith RAUHOFER, University of Central Lancashire, Preston (UK): data protection Docent Mag. iur. Dipl.-Ing.
Dr. Michael SONNTAG, University of Linz (AT): e-learning
Prof. Dr. Andreas WIEBE, University of Göttingen (DE): intellectual property Director Dr. Arthur WINTER, Federal Ministry for Finance (AT): e-government
Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian STADLER, University of Vienna (AT): e-learning

Late submissions: 15 January 2010
Notification of acceptance: 31 January 2010 (late submissions)
The conference language will be English.
Full fee: EUR 250,- (GBP 223)
Reduced fee: EUR 200,- (GBP 178 )
(for authors, BILETA and OCG members, PC members)
Student fee: EUR 100,– (GBP 89)
One day only: EUR 150,- (GBP 134)
The conference fee does not include accommodation.

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