Call for Papers

ICAIL 2015 — Final Call for Papers 

The 15th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL 2015) will be held at the University of San Diego School of Law from Monday, June 8 to Friday, June 12, 2015.

The conference will feature a main track for technical papers, a demonstration track, workshops, tutorials, continuing legal education sessions, a doctoral consortium and best paper prizes.  Details about tracks still open for submissions, the topics of relevance to the conference, and instructions for submitting papers are given below.

The deadline for submitting conference papers, demos, and for the doctoral consortium has now passed. Some individual workshops may still be accepting papers. See Workshops for more information.

Artificial Intelligence and Law is a vibrant research field that focuses on:

  • Legal reasoning and development of computational methods of such reasoning
  • Applications of AI and other advanced information technologies to support the legal domain
  • Discovery of electronically stored information for legal applications (eDiscovery)
  • Machine learning and data mining for legal applications
  • Formal models of norms, normative systems, and norm-governed societies

Since it began in 1987, the ICAIL conference has been established as the foremost international conference addressing research in Artificial Intelligence and Law.  It is organized biennially under the auspices of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL), and in cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). The conference proceedings are published by ACM. The journal Artificial Intelligence and Law regularly publishes expanded versions of selected ICAIL papers.


 Important Dates

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts (optional): January 9, 2015
  • Deadline for submission of papers: January 16, 2015 (this deadline is hard)
  • Deadline for submission of demonstration abstracts: January 23, 2015
  • Notification of acceptance: March 13, 2015
  • Deadline for submission of doctoral consortium papers: March 31, 2015
  • Deadline for final revised and formatted papers: April 17, 2015
  • Conference: June 8 – June 12, 2015


The field serves as an excellent setting for AI researchers to demonstrate the application of their work in a rich, real-world domain. The conference also serves as a venue for researchers to showcase their work on the theoretical foundations of computational models of law. Accordingly, authors are invited to submit papers on a broad spectrum of research topics that include, but are not restricted to:

  • Formal and computational models of legal reasoning, including argumentation, evidential reasoning, and decision making
  • Legal reasoning in multi-agent systems
  • Knowledge acquisition techniques for the legal domain, including natural language processing and data mining
  • Legal knowledge representation including legal ontologies and common sense knowledge
  • Automatic legal text classification and summarization
  • Automated information extraction from legal databases and texts
  • Data mining applied to the legal domain
  • Conceptual or model-based legal information retrieval
  • E-government, e-democracy and e-justice
  • Modeling norms for multi-agent systems
  • Modeling negotiation and contract formation
  • Online dispute resolution
  • Intelligent legal tutoring systems
  • Intelligent support systems for the legal domain
  • Interdisciplinary applications of legal informatics methods and systems

ICAIL is keen to broaden its scope to include topics of growing importance in artificial intelligence research. Therefore, papers are invited in the following featured categories:

  • eDiscovery and eDisclosure
  • Open data, linked data, and big data
  • Machine learning
  • Argument mining

Papers will be assessed in a rigorous reviewing procedure. Standard assessment criteria for research papers will apply to all submissions (relevance, originality, significance, technical quality, evaluation, presentation). Papers proposing formal or computational models should provide examples and/or simulations that show the models’ applicability to a realistic legal problem or domain. Papers on applications should describe clearly the underlying motivations, the techniques employed, and the current state of both implementation and evaluation. All papers should make clear their relation to prior work.


A session will be organized for the demonstration of creative, robust, and practical working applications and tools. Where a demonstration is not connected to a submitted paper, a two-page extended abstract about the system should be submitted for review, via the conference support system and following the conference style, by the demo submission deadline of January 23, 2015. Accepted extended abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings. For those demonstrations that are connected to a paper in the main track, no separate statement about the demonstration need be submitted, but the author(s) should send an email to the Program Chair by the demo submission deadline to register their interest in demonstrating their work at this session.

Continuing Legal Education Sessions

In addition to the workshops and tutorials solicited above, ICAIL 2015 will feature two continuing legal education (CLE) sessions as follows:

Friday, June 12

  • Software, automation and machine learning in IP law (morning)
  • Trends in legal software and search engines (afternoon)

The CLE sessions will also feature an “exhibit hall” for vendors and law firms. Interested parties should email Ted Sichelman, Conference Chair ( for more information.

The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider.  Further information about the CLE events will be posted at:

Doctoral Consortium for ICAIL 2015

A Doctoral Consortium will be held as part of ICAIL 2015.  The event will provide doctoral students with an opportunity to publish and present papers on their PhD research and to receive feedback and encouragement from the AI and Law community. Students who submit papers to the main conference are also welcome to submit their work to the Doctoral Consortium. A call for papers specifically for the Doctoral Consortium will be forthcoming. Further details will be provided at the conference website:

Submission Details, including instructions for blind review

Papers should not exceed 10 pages in the approved style. Style format template files can be found at While papers can be prepared using LaTeX or Word, all papers should be converted to PDF prior to submission. All papers must be submitted electronically to the conference support system, by the paper submission deadline.  To aid the reviewing process, authors are requested to submit abstracts of their papers by the above abstract submission deadline. Abstract submissions should include the paper title, up to four keywords, and a contact address for the corresponding author. Both papers and abstracts should be submitted electronically to the conference support system.

Reviewing for ICAIL 2015 will be double blind. The first page of each submitted  paper should include the title of the paper and the ID number of the paper as allocated when the paper is registered on the conference support system. Papers submitted for review should not include names and affiliations of the authors, nor an acknowledgements section.  These aspects can be added at the camera-ready stage. The references should include all published literature relevant to the paper, including previous works of the authors, though care should be taken in the style of writing in order to preserve anonymity.

Authors will be notified of the acceptance decision by the date indicated above. Papers not accepted for full publication and presentation may be accepted as short research abstracts. Papers (including research abstracts) must be presented at the conference in order to appear in the proceedings (and, moreover, all papers and abstracts presented at the conference will appear in the proceedings, which will be published by ACM). Final versions of papers for publication in the proceedings will be due by the date indicated above.

Donald H. Berman Award for Best Student Paper

IAAIL has established a best student paper award in memory of Donald H. Berman, a Professor of Law at Northeastern University who was a co-founder of the AI and Law journal.  The award consists of a cash gift and free attendance at ICAIL 2015. For a paper to be considered for the award, the student author(s) should be clearly designated as such when the paper is submitted, and any non-student co-authors should provide a statement by email to the Program Chair that affirms that the paper is primarily student work. Notification will be made through the ICAIL website, and the award will be presented at the conference banquet.

Peter Jackson Award for Best Innovative Application Paper

At ICAIL 2015 a new award is being introduced for the best innovative application paper. The award is in honor of Peter Jackson, Thomson Reuters’ Chief Research Scientist, who was a strong supporter of the ICAIL conferences and a significant contributor to the development of advanced technologies in AI and Law.  The award will consist of a special commemorative plaque and recognition on the conference and IAAIL websites. For a paper to be considered for the award, the author(s) should clearly identify it as an application paper by including “innovative applications” as a keyword. Notification will be made through the ICAIL website, and the award will be presented at the conference banquet.

Conference Officials

Program Chair
Katie Atkinson
Department of Computer Science,
University of Liverpool, UK

Conference Chair
Ted Sichelman,
University of San Diego School of Law,
San Diego, CA USA

Conference Co-Chair
Richard Belew
Cognitive Science Department,
University of California,
San Diego, CA USA

Anne Gardner
Atherton, CA, USA

Program Committee:
Thomas Agotnes, University of Bergen, Norway
Francisco Andrade, Universidade do Minho Law School, Portugal
Michal Araszkiewicz, Jagiellonian Univerity, Poland
Kevin Ashley, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Trevor Bench-Capon, University of Liverpool, UK
Floris Bex, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Guido Boella, University of Turin, Italy
Alexander Boer, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Michael Bommarito, Michigan State University, USA
Daniele Bourcier, Universite of Paris 2, France
Karl Branting, The MITRE Corporation, USA
Scott Brewer, Harvard Law School, USA
Jan Broersen, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Thomas Bruce, Cornell Law School, USA
Pompeu Casanovas Romeu, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain & Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
Frans Coenen, University of Liverpool, UK
Phan Minh Dung, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Jack G. Conrad, Thomson Reuters, USA
Norman Fenton, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Enrico Francesconi, CNR – ITTIG, Italy
Fernando Galindo Ayuda, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
Thomas Gordon, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany
Guido Governatori, NICTA, Australia
Matthias Grabmair, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Davide Grossi, University of Liverpool, UK
Ben Hachey, University of Sydney, Australia
Bruce Hedin, H5, USA
Rinke Hoekstra, VU Amsterdam/University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
John Horty, University of Maryland, USA
Jeroen Keppens, King’s College London, UK
Steven Orla Kimbrough, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Marc Lauritsen, Capstone Practice Systems, USA
Arno Lodder, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands
L. Thorne McCarty, Rutgers University, USA
Raquel Mochales, Nuance, Belgium
Katsumi Nitta, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Paulo Novais, University of Minho, Portugal
Douglas Oard, University of Maryland, USA
Anja Oskamp, Open Universiteit, The Netherlands
Monica Palmirani, University of Bologna, Italy
Jeremy Pickens, Catalyst Repository Systems, USA
Henry Prakken, Utrecht University & University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Paulo Quaresma, University of Evora, Portugal
Edwina Rissland, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, USA
Antonino Rotolo, CIRSFID – University of Bologna, Italy
Giovanni Sartor, European University Institute – Law Department, Italy
Ken Satoh, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Burkhard Schafer, University of Edinburgh, UK
Uri Schild, Bar Ilan University, Israel
Erich Schweighofer, University of Vienna, Austria
Fabrizio Sebastiani, Qatar Foundation, Qatar
Thomas Smith, University of San Diego School of Law, USA
Daniela Tiscornia, CNR – ITTIG, Italy
Leon van der Torre, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Tom van Engers, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Bart Verheij, Artificial Intelligence – University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Serena Villata, INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France
Vern R. Walker, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, USA
Douglas Walton, University of Windsor, Canada
Radboud Winkels, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Adam Zachary Wyner, University of Aberdeen, UK
Hajime Yoshino, Meiji Gakuin University, Japan
John Zeleznikow, Victoria University, Australia
Tomasz Zurek, Marie Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland

Local Committee:
Richard Belew, University of California, San Diego
Karl Gruben, University of San Diego School of Law
Dan Katz, Michigan State University College of Law
Ted Sichelman, University of San Diego School of Law
Thomas Smith, University of San Diego School of Law
Roland Vogl, Stanford Law School