2014 International Workshop on
Semantic Web for the Law
(SW4Law 2014)

held during the 27th International Conference on
Legal Knowledge and Information Systems (JURIX 2014)

10 December 2014, Krakow, Poland

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The proceedings of the workshop have been published in the Volume 1296 of the CEUR Workshop Proceedings Series.


Call for Papers

The two research areas of Legal Knowledge and Information Systems, and the Semantic Web are very much interconnected. The legal domain is an ideal field of study for Semantic Web researchers, as it uses and contributes to most of the topics that are relevant to the community. Given the complex interactions of legal actors, legal sources and legal processes, as well as the relevance and potential impact of decisions in the juridical and social processes of a country, it provides a challenging context and an important opportunity for groundbreaking research results. At the same time, Semantic Web formalisms and technologies like Linked (Open) Data provide a set of technical instruments which can be fruitfully adopted by legal experts to represent, interlink, and reason over legal knowledge and related aspects such as provenance, privacy, and trust. In particular, Semantic Web technology facilitates standards-based legal knowledge representation, which enables the possibility of legal information reuse over the Web.

Ontologies, knowledge extraction and reasoning techniques have been studied by the Artificial Intelligence & Law community for years, but only few and sparse connections with the Semantic Web community have resulted from these interactions. The aim of this workshop is to study the challenges that the legal domain poses to Semantic Web research, and how Semantic Web technologies and formalisms can contribute to address these open issues. This way, we promote the use of legal knowledge for addressing Semantic Web research questions and, vice versa, to use Semantic Web technologies as tools for reasoning over legal knowledge. In particular, the workshop will look for original, high quality contributions that explore the following topics (but not limited to):

Submission instructions

All papers must represent original and unpublished work that is not currently under review. Papers will be evaluated according to their significance, originality, technical content, style, clarity, and relevance to the workshop. We welcome the following types of contributions:

All submissions must be written in English and formatted according to LNCS instructions for authors.

Papers are to be submitted through the Easychair Conference Management System.

Proceedings and Post-Proceedings

We are planning to publish the full conference proceedings as part of the CEUR Workshop Proceedings.

In addition, relevant submissions will be considered for a further journal publication.

Important Dates


Track chairs

E-mail contact: sw4law2014@easychair.org

Senior Program Committee

Program Committee