Workshop: Modelling Legal Cases and Legal Rules

Call for papers: A Workshop on Modelling Legal Cases and Legal Rules at JURIX 2010,
Liverpool, United Kingdom, December 15, 2010

A Workshop on Modelling Legal Cases and Legal Rules at JURIX 2010, Liverpool, United Kingdom, December 15, 2010

As part of the JURIX 2010 conference in Liverpool UK, a Workshop will be held on Modelling Legal Cases and Legal Rules. This workshop is a follow on from successful workshops at JURIX 2007 and ICAIL 2009.




Contact person: Adam Wyner,

Legal cases and legal rules in common law contexts have been modelled in a variety of ways over the course of research in AI and Law to support different styles of reasoning for a variety of problem-solving contexts, such as decision-making, information retrieval, teaching, etc. Particular legal topic areas and cases have received wide coverage in the AI and Law literature including wild animals, intellectual property, and evidence. As well, some legal rules have been widely discussed, such as legal argument schemes or rules of evidence. However, other areas have been less well covered. For example, there appears to be less research on modelling legal cases in civil law contexts; investigation of taxonomies and ontologies of legal rules would support abstraction and formalisation; additional legal rules could be brought under the scope of investigation, such as those bearing on criminal assault or causes of action.

The aim of this workshop is to provide a forum in which researchers can present their research on modelling legal cases and legal rules.

Papers are solicited that model a particular legal case or a small set of legal rules. Authors are free to choose the case or set of legal rules and analyse them according to the authors’ preferred model of representation; any theoretical discussion should be grounded in or exemplified by the case or rules at hand. Papers should make clear what are the particular distinctive features of their approach and why these features are useful in modelling the chosen case or rules. The workshop is an opportunity for authors to demonstrate the benefits of their approach and for group discussions to identify useful overlapping features as well as aspects to be further explored and developed.

Format and submission guidelines:

Full papers should not be more than 10 pages long and should be submitted in PDF format. It is suggested that the conference style files are used for formatting (see IOS Press site).

Papers should provide:

A summary of the case or legal rules.
An overview of the representation technique, or reference to a full
description of it.
The representation itself.
Discussion of any significant features.

Short position papers are also welcome from those interested in the topic; the short position papers can outline ideas, sketch directions of research, summarise or reflect on previously published work that has addressed the topic. A short position paper should be not more than five pages.

All submissions should be emailed as a PDF attachment to the workshop organiser, Adam Wyner, at:

Programme Committee (Preliminary)

Kevin Ashley, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Katie Atkinson, University of Liverpool, UK
Floris Bex, University of Dundee, UK
Trevor Bench-Capon, University of Liverpool, UK
Tom Gordon, Fraunhofer, FOKUS, Germany
Robert Richards, Seattle, Washington, USA
Giovanni Sartor, European University Institute, Italy
Douglas Walton, University of Winnipeg, Canada


Organiser of this workshop is Adam Wyner, University of Liverpool, UK.
You can contact the workshop organiser by sending an email to


Paper submission: Friday, November 5, 2010
Accepted Notification: Friday, November 12, 2010
Workshop Registration: Friday, November 19, 2010
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