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


The 25th Annual Conference of the British & Irish Law, Education & and Technology
Association (BILETA)

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.
Early submissions and suggestions for streams (including convenors) are welcome.

Deadline for early submissions: 31 October 2009.
Deadline for late submissions: 15 January 2010.

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.
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
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
Early submissions: 31 October 2009.
Late submissions: 15 January 2010.
Notification of acceptance: 15 November 2010 (early submissions); 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)