Call for Papers

Workshop on "Semantic Processing of Legal Texts (SPLeT-2014)"
SPECIAL TRACK on Legal Resources and Access to Law

27 May 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland


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


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. Short papers can also include descriptions of existing language resources. Full papers should report original results (also including newly developed language resources). 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 10 February 2014. The only accepted format for submitted papers is Adobe PDF. Submission will be electronic using START paper submission software available 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.


Extended and revised versions of selected papers will be peer-reviewed and published in a Special Issue of the Artificial Intelligence and Law Journal.