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Calls: Computational Ling, Forensic Ling, Semantics/Turkey

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        1.     Adam Wyner , LREC 2012 Workshop on Semantic Processing of Legal Texts

Message 1: LREC 2012 Workshop on Semantic Processing of Legal Texts
Date: 11-Feb-2012
From: Adam Wyner <adamwyner.info>
Subject: LREC 2012 Workshop on Semantic Processing of Legal Texts
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Full Title: LREC 2012 Workshop on Semantic Processing of Legal Texts
Short Title: SPLeT-2012

Date: 27-May-2012 - 27-May-2012
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Contact Person: Simonetta Montemagni
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2012/IMG/ws/programme/SPLET2012_Call_for_papers.pdf

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Forensic Linguistics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 19-Feb-2012

Meeting Description:

Workshop on Semantic Processing of Legal Texts
In conjunction with Language Resources and Evaluation Conference 2012 (LREC 2012)
27 May, 2012
Istanbul, Turkey

The legal domain represents a primary candidate for web-based information distribution, exchange and management, as testified by the numerous e-government, e-justice and e-democracy initiatives worldwide. The last few years have seen a growing body of research and practice in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Law which addresses a range of topics: automated legal reasoning and argumentation, semantic and cross-language legal information retrieval, document classification, legal drafting, legal knowledge discovery and extraction, as well as the construction of legal ontologies and their application to the law domain. In this context, it is of paramount importance to use Natural Language Processing techniques and tools that automate and facilitate the process of knowledge extraction from legal texts.

Since 2008, the SPLeT workshops have been a venue where researchers from the Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence and Law communities meet, exchange information, compare perspectives, and share experiences and concerns on the topic of legal knowledge extraction and management, with particular emphasis on the semantic processing of legal texts. Within the Artificial Intelligence and Law community, there have also been a number of dedicated workshops and tutorials specifically focussing on different aspects of semantic processing of legal texts at conferences such as JURIX-2008, ICAIL-2009, ICAIL-2011, as well as in the International Summer School 'Managing Legal Resources in the Semantic Web' (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).

To continue this momentum and to advance research, a 4th Workshop on 'Semantic Processing of Legal Texts' is being organized at the LREC-2012 conference to bring to the attention of the broader LR/HLT (Language Resources/Human Language Technology) community the specific technical challenges posed by the semantic processing of legal texts and also share with the community the motivations and objectives which make it of interest to researchers in legal informatics. The outcome of these interactions is expected to advance research and applications and foster interdisciplinary collaboration within the legal domain.

The main goals of the workshop and associated events are to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art in legal knowledge extraction and management, to explore new research and development directions and emerging trends, and to exchange information regarding legal language resources and human language technologies and their applications.

2nd Call for Papers:

Revised submission deadline for workshop: 19 February 2012

Areas of Interest:

The workshop will focus on the topics of the automatic extraction of information from legal texts and the structural organisation of the extracted knowledge. Particular emphasis will be given to the crucial role of language resources and human language technologies.

Papers are invited on, but not limited to, the following topics:

1. Construction, extension, merging, customization of legal language resources, e.g. terminologies, thesauri, ontologies, corpora
2. Information retrieval and extraction from legal texts
3. Semantic annotation of legal text
4. Legal text processing
5. Multilingual aspects of legal text semantic processing
6. Legal thesauri mapping
7. Automatic Classification of legal documents
8. Logical analysis of legal language
9. Automated parsing and translation of natural language legal arguments into a logical formalism
10. Dialogue protocols for legal information processing
11. Controlled language systems for law

Author Guidelines:

Submissions are solicited from researchers working on all aspects of semantic processing of legal texts. Authors are invited to submit papers describing original completed work, work in progress, interesting problems, case studies or research trends related to one or more of the topics of interest listed above. The final version of the accepted papers will be published in the Workshop Proceedings.

Short or full papers can be submitted. Short papers are expected to present new ideas or new visions that may influence the direction of future research, yet they may be less mature than full papers. While an exhaustive evaluation of the proposed ideas is not necessary, insight and in-depth understanding of the issues is expected. Full papers should be more well-developed and evaluated. Short papers will be reviewed the same way as full papers by the Program Committee and will be published in the Workshop Proceedings.

Full paper submissions should not exceed 10 pages, short papers 6 pages; both should be typeset using a font size of 11 points. Style files will be made available by LREC for the camera-ready versions of accepted papers. Papers should be submitted electronically, no later than February 19, 2012. The only accepted format for submitted papers is Adobe PDF.

Submit papers to:

Submission for the workshop uses the START submission system at:


Note that when submitting a paper through the START page, authors will be asked to provide essential information about resources (in a broad sense, i.e. also technologies, standards, evaluation kits, etc.) that have been used for the work described in the paper or are a new result of your research. For further information on this new initiative, please refer to:


Important Dates:

Revised submission: 19 February 2012
Acceptance notification: 12 March 2012
Final version: 30 March 2012
Workshop date: 27 May 2012

For further information, see:


Contact Information:

Address any queries regarding the workshop to lrec_legalWSilc.cnr.it.

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