ICAIL 2015 Workshops, Tutorials, and CLEs

The following workshops, tutorials, and attorney continuing legal education sessions (CLEs)  are confirmed to take place at ICAIL 2015. Links to these sessions’ websites, including calls for papers (if applicable), are available below (and will be added as they become available).

Monday, June 8


T1: An Introduction to AI and Law (Room C)
Chairs: Kevin Ashley and Matthias Grabmair
09:00 – 12:30 (approx. finish)

The goal of the tutorial is to provide the audience with sufficient background to enable them to appreciate and to engage with the ideas and issues presented in the remainder of ICAIL 2015. The tutorial is intended for newcomers to the field of Artificial Intelligence and Law or those who wish to have a ‘refresher’ course. No technical knowledge on the part of the audience will be assumed.

T2: Learning and Population of Legal Ontologies (Room C)
Chair: Rosario Girardi
14:00 – 16:15 (approx. finish)

This short course  will focus on discussing the main problems and corresponding  solutions  for  the  automatic and/or semi­-automatic acquisition  of  each  one  of  the  components  of  an  ontology (classes,  properties, taxonomic  and  non-­taxonomic relationships,  axioms  and  instances) from textual resources. Applied techniques from the areas of Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval, Information Extraction and Ontology Reuse will be discussed and their effectiveness evaluated with case studies on the construction of legal application ontologies for the development of family law decision support systems.


W1: Sixth Discovery of Electronically Stored Information Workshop (DESI VI): Using Machine Learning and Other Advanced Techniques to Solve Legal Problems in E- Discovery and Information Governance (Room D)
Chairs: Jason Baron, Jack Conrad, Amanda Jones, David Lewis, Douglas Oard
09:00 – 17:00

The DESI VI Workshop will gather researchers and practitioners to probe innovation and the development of best practices for the application of 21st century technological capabilities to institutional and organizational records for e-discovery, information governance and public records access. Ten critical questions to be addressed at the workshop can be found on the DESI VI’s Web site listed here.

W2: Multilingual Workshop on AI & Law Research (Room E)
Chairs: Fernando Galindo, Erich Schweighofer and Cesar Serbena
09:00 – 18:00

The Multilingual Workshop on AI & Law Research intends to reach out to non-English speaking communities worldwide, in particular Spanish and Portuguese, to present and discuss on-going research in AI & law, advanced applications, e-discovery and advanced legal search issues.


Friday, June 12


W3: Law and Big Data: Empirical and Data-Centric Techniques for Legal, Judicial, and Administrative Systems (Room B)
Chairs: Karl Branting and Radboud Winkels
08:45 – 17:00

The development of techniques for storage and rapid analysis of extremely large data collections has created opportunities for new insights into the structure of legal systems and new approaches for improving the efficiency, comprehensibility, consistency, and predictability of legal and judicial systems. These techniques hold promise for the courts, legal practitioners and citizens alike. This workshop is intended to be a forum for discussion of research ideas and developments that involve the collection, descriptive and predictive analysis, and visualization of large collections of legal data, including legal applications of network science.

W4: Workshop on Automated Detection, Extraction and Analysis of Semantic Information in Legal Texts (Room C)
Chairs: Kevin Ashley, Enrico Francesconi, Matthias Grabmair, Marc Lauritsen, Vern Walker, Adam Wyner.
09:00 – 17:30

This workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, academic and corporate researchers, legal practitioners, and legal service providers for an extended, collaborative discussion about applying natural language processing and machine learning to the semantic analysis of legal texts. Semantic analysis is the process of relating syntactic elements and structures, drawn from the levels of phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs, and whole documents, to their language-independent meanings in a given domain, including meanings specific to legal information.

W5: Studying Evidence in the Law: Formal, Computational and Philosophical Methods (Room D)

Chairs: Marcello Di Bello and Bart Verheij
09:45 – 16:30

This workshop aims to bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers in law, artificial intelligence, philosophy and psychology to discuss whether (and if so how) formal, computational and philosophical methods can help us understand key ideas in civil and criminal procedure.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Sessions for Attorneys

C1: Software Tools, Automation, and Machine Learning for Practicing IP Law (Room A)
Chair: Ted Sichelman
09:30 – 11:45

This CLE session will present the latest research on the use of machine learning, predictive analytics, and other AI techniques in the field of intellectual property law–particularly for practicing lawyers–as well as several sessions from vendors and law firms that offer and use products and services utilizing these advanced techniques.

C2: Trends in Legal Search & Software (Room A)
Chair: Ted Sichelman
13:00 – 16:00

Legal search and related software has massively evolved from the days of the original “green screen” terminals in law offices and libraries. This seminar will cover the latest trends in legal search and software from a “behind the scenes” perspective from engineers and others who have designed and built these new platforms.

The Friday CLE sessions will also feature an “exhibit hall” for vendors and law firms. Anyone interested in presenting or exhibiting at the CLEs should contact Ted Sichelman, Conference Chair,