Calls for papers or participation: Workshops at JURIX 2014: International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems

Calls for papers or participation have been issued for four workshops to be held in conjunction with JURIX 2014: International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems, to be held 10-12 December 2014 in Krakow:

NAIL 2014: International Workshop “Network Analysis in Law”

  • Submission deadline: 10 November 2014

SW4Law 2014: International Workshop on Semantic Web for Law

  • Submission deadline: 2 November 2014

CMNA14: International Workshop on Computational Modeling of Natural Argument

  • Submission deadline: 31 October 2014

MET-ARG2014: International Workshop for Methodologies for Research on Legal Argumentation

  • Early registration deadline: 17 November 2014

For more details, please see the calls.

HT Rinke Hoekstra and Radboud Winkels

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Legal informatics papers at ICEGOV 2014

Several papers on legal informatics or legal data analysis are scheduled to be presented at ICEGOV 2014: International Conference on the Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance, being held 27-30 October 2014 in Guimarães, Portugal.

Here are the legal informatics or legal data analysis papers that I’ve been able to identify:

  • Lyudmila Bershadskaya, Andrei Chugunov, and Elena Golubtsova (ITMO University, Russia): Measurement Techniques for E-Participation Assessment: Case of Russian E-Petitions Portal
  • Davide Carneiro and Paulo Novais (Universidade do Minho, Portugal): Making Justice More Accessible
  • Nishtha Madaan, Kamalakar Karlapalem (Center for Data Engineering, India) and P. Radha Krishna (Infosys Labs, India): Consistency Detection in e-Contract Documents
  • Lina Marcela Morales Moreno (Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies, Colombia), and Javier Orlando Torres Páez, Adolfo Serrano Martínez (Colombia Digital Corporation, Colombia): A Government IT-focused e-Procurement Strategy for Colombia
  • Niels Netten, Susan van den Braak, Sunil Choenni, and Erik Leertouwer (Research and Documentation Centre, The Netherlands): Elapsed Times in Criminal Justice Systems
  • Prabir Panda (MN National Institute of Tech, India), Ganesh Sahu and Babita Gupta (California State University, United States of America), and Vidyadhar Muthyala (Government of Andhra Pradesh, India): e-Government Procurement Implementation in India: Two Comparative Case Studies from the Field

For abstracts or full text of papers, please contact the authors.

If you know of other legal informatics papers being presented at ICEGOV 2014, please let us know in the comments to this post.

Twitter hashtags for the conference include #icegov and #icegov2014

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Link Rot, Legal Citation and Projects to Preserve Precedent: Conference: Storify, links, and resources

Link Rot, Legal Citation and Projects to Preserve Precedent: 404/File Not Found, a conference, was held 24 October 2014 at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, USA.

The conference Website and program are available at:

One Twitter hashtag for the event was: #linkrot

Click here for a storify of images and Twitter tweets from the event.

Here is a description of the event, from the event’s Website:

The Web is fluid and mutable, and this is a “feature” rather than a “bug”. But it also creates challenges in the legal environment (and elsewhere) when fixed content is necessary for legal writers to support their conclusions. Judges, attorneys, academics, and others using citations need systems and practices to preserve web content as it exists in a particular moment in time, and make it reliably available.

On October 24, 2014 Georgetown University Law Library in Washington, D.C. will host a free symposium that explores the problem of link and reference rot.[...]

The event was Webcast, and video of the event may become available shortly.

HT @GtownLawLib

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Intellectual Property Hackathon at Osgoode Hall: Navigating Patent Applications – An Exercise in Legal Innovation: Storify, links, and resources

IP Hackathon: Navigating Patent Applications – An Exercise in Legal Innovation was held 23-24 October 2014 at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada.

The event Website is at:

The co-hosts included:

The challenges addressed at the event are listed at:

The event program is available at:

One Twitter hashtag for the event was #iphack

Click here for a storify of images and Twitter tweets from the event.

Here is a description of the event, from the initial announcement:

It is our great pleasure to announce that IP Osgoode, Stanford Law School, Institute of Design at Stanford, the BEST Program – Lassonde School of Engineering, and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office are hosting the first ever IP Hackathon entitled “Navigating Patent Applications – An Exercise in Legal Innovation”. The IP Hackathon will be held on October 23 – 24, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, at Osgoode Hall Law School. During this 2-day hackathon, a variety of stakeholders in the patent process will collaborate in small groups to create viable new ideas for redesigning the patent process. Guided by the structure of the human-centered design process, the participants will use their expertise & creativity to generate new solutions for making patent law more usable and user-friendly. This event is by invitation only [...]

HT @StephKimbro

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Katz: The MIT School of Law? A Perspective on Legal Education in the 21st Century

Daniel Martin Katz of Michigan State University has posted The MIT School of Law? A Perspective on Legal Education in the 21st Century, forthcoming in University of Illinois Law Review.

Here is a portion of the abstract, from Dan’s post about the article at Computational Legal Studies:

[...] This essay is offered as part of a symposium honoring the work of the late Larry Ribstein. It is a thought exercise about a hypothetical MIT School of Law—an institution with the type of curriculum that might help prepare students to have the appropriate level of substantive legal expertise and other useful skills that will allow them to deliver value to their clients as well as develop and administer the rules governing markets, politics, and society as we move further into the 21st Century. It is a blueprint based upon the best available information, and like any other plan of action would need to be modified to take stock of shifting realities over time. It is not a solution for all of legal education. Instead, it is a targeted description of an institution and its substantive content that could compete very favorably in the existing and future market. It is a depiction of an institution whose students would arguably be in high demand. It is a high-level sketch of an institution that would be substantively relevant, appropriately practical, theoretically rigorous and world class.

Part I offers an introduction to the question. Part II sets the stage by highlighting several recent trends in the market for legal services. Taking stock of those trends, Part III highlights an alternative paradigm for legal education and describes the polytechnic style of legal education that students might obtain at an MIT School of Law. Part IV carries through on that basic thought experiment by describing the process of attracting, training, and placing students that would occur at MIT Law. Part V provides some concluding thoughts.

Click here for slides of Dan’s presentation on this topic.

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Li et al.: Law is Code: A Software Engineering Approach to Analyzing the United States Code

William P. Li, Pablo Azar, David Larochelle, Phil Hill, and Andrew W. Lo have posted Law is Code: A Software Engineering Approach to Analyzing the United States Code, at SSRN.

Here is the abstract:

The agglomeration of rules and regulations over time has produced a body of legal code that no single individual can fully comprehend. This complexity produces inefficiencies, makes the processes of understanding and changing the law difficult, and frustrates the fundamental principle that the law should provide fair notice to the governed. In this article, we take a quantitative, unbiased, and software-engineering approach to analyze the evolution of the United States Code from 1926 to today. Software engineers frequently face the challenge of understanding and managing large, structured collections of instructions, directives, and conditional statements, and we adapt and apply their techniques to the U.S. Code over time. Our work produces insights into the structure of the U.S. Code as a whole, its strengths and vulnerabilities, and new ways of thinking about individual laws. For example, we identify the first appearance and spread of important terms in the U.S. Code like “whistleblower” and “privacy.” We also analyze and visualize the network structure of certain substantial reforms, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and show how the interconnections of references can increase complexity and create the potential for unintended consequences. Our work is a timely illustration of computational approaches to law as the legal profession embraces technology for scholarship, to increase efficiency, and to improve access to justice.

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Bruce: Caselaw is Set Free, What Next?

Tom Bruce of the Legal Information Institute has posted Caselaw is Set Free, What Next? at the Google Scholar Blog.

Here are excerpts from the post:

[...] Google Scholar’s caselaw collection is a victory for open access to legal information and the democratization of law. [...]

Five years ago, when Google Scholar added judicial opinions to its portfolio, it created an immediate sensation among lawyers. [...] And now there was access to a significant chunk of material that had previously been lodged firmly behind paywalls. It was linked and searchable, and still better, it offered a version of the citation-tracking and evaluation features that lawyers knew and loved in expensive commercial systems. It had first-class sorting and filtering features. It had Bluebook-form citations for each case [...]

Scholar’s immediate impact on the legal profession was owed in large part to its technical virtuosity. It was an unusual display of ingenuity used to democratize services and features whose value had mostly been known only to lawyers. [...]

Google Scholar’s caselaw collection offers features — such as citators — that are a step toward the “system of books” that would fully integrate primary legal sources and commentary into a practical resource for public understanding and professional practice. The legal-information ecosystem on the Web as a whole is moving in that direction. As that progresses, the benefits to everyone affected by law — which is to say, everyone, period — will be enormous. We will move beyond making law available on the Web to making it truly accessible on the Web — not just discoverable, but understandable. [...]

For more details, please see the complete post.

HT @LIICornell

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