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Last CFP Workshop on Natural Language Engineering of Legal Argumentation

From: <adam@wyner.info>
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2009 11:15:22 +0000
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To: linguist@LINGUISTLIST.ORG, jurix@NIC.SURFNET.NL, Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>, estrella-all@leibnizcenter.org
Dear Colleagues,

Last call for NaLELA 09.

Workshop on Natural Language Engineering of Legal Argumentation  
(NaLELA 09), June 12 2009, Barcelona, Spain

Held at the International Conference on AI and Law
June 8-12 2009, Barcelona, Spain

Workshop date:  June 12, 2009


  Topics of Interest
  Author Guidelines
  Important Dates
  Blog for Natural Language Engineering of Argumentation (NaLEA)
  Program Chairs
  Program Committee


The aim of this workshop is to draw together researchers around the  
issues of the empirical analysis, formalisation, and implementation of  
legal argumentation in natural language. Such a system would be a  
decision-support tool which translates natural language arguments into  
and out of an argumentation framework or logic which supports  
reasoning and inference. As the interface is in natural language, the  
tool would be accessible to a wide range of end-users. The workshop  
builds on recent advances in natural language engineering and  
argumentation including: controlled languages, predictive editors,  
text mining and corpus analysis, natural language parsing, ontology  
construction, translation of natural language sentences into first  
order logic, logical inference, linguistic analysis of argumentation,  
and computational theories of argumentation. It draws on an  
interdisciplinary community in Computer Science, Linguistics, and the  

While argumentation can be addressed in a broad range of areas, the  
workshop focusses particularly on the language, logic, and computation  
of legal argumentation such as that found between lawyers arguing a  
case before a court or found in legal briefs and decisions where  
justifications are given for and against a decision.

Topics of Interest:

  Corpus development
  Corpus analysis and text mining
  Logical analysis of legal language
  Automated parsing and translation of natural language arguments into  
a logical formalism
  Legal argument schemes
  Pilot implementations of tools
  Defeasible reasoning systems for the law with natural language interfaces
  Burden of proof in argumentation
  Consistency, inconsistency, and compatibility of statements in the law
  Coherence in legal argumentation
  The identification of enthymemes (missing premises due to  
presupposition with respect to common knowledge and shared knowledge)
  Legal argument modification
  The generation of legal arguments
  Linguistically-orientied XML mark up of legal arguments
  Dialogue protocols for argumentation
  Legal argument ontology
  Legal Ontologies with associated lexical information
  Computational theories of argumentation that are suitable to natural language

Author Guidelines:

  Paper length: max. 10 pages
  Paper format: Springer Style Format


  Paper Submission: EasyChair NaLELA 09


At the workshop, we will discuss issues concerning publication of papers.

Important Dates:

  April 3, 2009: Paper submission
  April 27, 2009: Notification of acceptance
  May 4, 2009: Camera-ready paper
  May 11, 2009: Early registration closes
  June 1, 2009: Regular registraction closes
  June 8-12, 2009: ICAIL Conference Dates
  June 12, 2009: Workshop

Note:  one of the authors of the position paper must register for the  
ICAIL conference.


Each position paper will have 20 minutes for presentation.<br>


Adam Wyner:  adam@wyner.info


Natural Language Engineering of Argumentation: http://nalea.org

Program Chairs:

Adam Wyner
Department of Computer Science, University College London

Tom van Engers
Leibniz Center for Law, University of Amsterdam

Program Committee:

  Tony Hunter (University College London, United Kingdom)
  Trevor Bench-Capon (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)
  Burkhard Schafer (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
  Larry Solan (Brooklyn Law School, United States)
  Katie Atkinson (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)
  Manfred Stede (University of Potsdam, Germany)
  Stuart Shieber (Harvard University, United States)
  Johan Bos (University of Rome, Italy)
  Henry Prakken (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  Maarten de Rijke (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  Doug Walton (University of Windsor, Canada)
  Jonathan Ginzburg (King's College London, United Kingdom)
  Floriana Grasso (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)
  Rob Sanderson (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)
  Graham Katz (Georgetown University, United States)
  Frans van Eemeren (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  Raquel Mochales Palau (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium)
  Maite Taboada (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
  Thorne McCarty (Rutgers University)
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