Call for Papers: SPLeT 2014: Workshop on Semantic Processing of Legal Texts

A call for papers has been issued for SPLeT 2014: Workshop on Semantic Processing of Legal Texts, to be held 31 May 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland.

The submission deadline has been extended to 23 February 2014.

The workshop is being held in conjunction with LREC 2014: Language Resources and Evaluation Conference.

Here is the description of SPLeT 2014:

The last few years have seen a growing body of research and practice in the field of AI & Law which addresses a range of topics: automated legal argumentation, semantic and cross-language legal IR, document classification, legal drafting, legal knowledge extraction, as well as the construction of legal ontologies and their application. In this context, it is of paramount importance to use NLP techniques and tools that automate the process of knowledge extraction from legal texts.

Two special sessions will be organized around hot research areas: Legal Language Resources and Enhancing Access to Law.

For what concerns the former, in line with LREC 2014 Special Highlight we encourage the submission of descriptions of legal resources to be possibly included in the LREC Repository of shared LRs with the final aim of constructing a map of legal language resources, enabling their reuse (in reproducing and evaluating experiments) and extension. The resources might include: annotated corpora, lexicons, thesauri and ontologies as well as semantic processing tools, amongst others.

Concerning the second hot topic, we are particularly interested in submissions on NLP-based techniques for getting access to semantic information, including visualization of legal content and network analysis in the legal domain to uncover relationships between legal documents (e.g. citation analysis).


Topics of interest for the general workshop session include but are not limited to:

  • Building legal resources: terminologies, ontologies, corpora
  • NLP for legal Open Data
  • Ontologies of legal texts
  • Information retrieval and extraction from legal texts
  • Parsing legal texts
  • Semantic annotation of legal texts
  • Legal text processing
  • Multilingual aspects of legal text semantic processing
  • Automatic Classification of legal documents
  • Logical analysis of legal language
  • Automated parsing and translation of natural language arguments into a logical formalism
  • Linguistically-oriented XML mark up of legal arguments
  • Dialogue protocols for argumentation
  • Legal argument ontology
  • Computational theories of argumentation suitable to natural language
  • Controlled language systems for law
  • Legal interface design and engineering
  • Legal education applications

For more details, please see the call.

HT Dr. Giulia Venturi

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