IAAIL St. Louis Arch

ICAIL-2001 Workshop on

AI and Legal Evidence

Saint Louis, Missouri, 25 May, 2001.

Workshop description
Call for contributions (expired)
Important dates
Workshop program
Publication plans
Organizing committee

Pictures from the workshop

Workshop description

As part of the ICAIL-2001 conference, a one-day workshop will be held on the topic of legal evidence. The workshop is intended to bring together legal scholars and AI researchers interested in computational models of evidential reasoning, reasoning with uncertainty in evidential reasoning and evidence-gathering and investigation algorithms and advanced technologies. The workshop will be informal, aiming to bring different communities together, in order to identify common research interests and opportunities for interdisciplinary research.

Call for contributions

Contributors are invited to submit papers, position statements and system demonstrations on topics including but not restricted to:

  • Computational Models of Evidential Reasoning and Argumentation
  • Reasoning with Uncertainty in Evidential Reasoning
  • Computational Models of Inferring Causality
  • Evidence-gathering and Investigation Algorithms
  • Evidence-gathering through Internet
  • Advanced Judicial Support Systems
  • Intelligent Legal Tutoring Systems in the field of Evidence and Fact-finding
Legal and philosophical contributors are encouraged to submit article-form papers, to be refereed by the Workshop Organizing Committee and presented during the workshop. Application developers are encouraged to demonstrate their systems and present papers describing the nature and purpose of the application, the techniques employed, and the current state of implementation.

Persons interested in making presentations without submitting a paper are encouraged to submit a "statement of interest."

Electronic submissions of workshop contributions are strongly preferred and should be sent to the Workshop Organizing Committee Chair as an email attachment, using Word or PDF format. To submit by ordinary mail, send six (6) hard copies of the complete paper or other contribution to the Organizing Chair at the following address.

Prof. R. Shapira
Bar Ilan University
Faculty of Law
Ramat Gan 52900

Important dates:

Deadline for submission of contributions: March 1, 2001
Notification of acceptance: April 1, 2001
Final version of paper due: May 1, 2001

Workshop program:

9.10-10.10: Research overviews:

  • Peter Tillers (from a jurisprudential perspective)
  • Henry Prakken (from an AI & Law perspective)

10.10-10.40: Coffee

10.40-12.10: Paper presentations (1): Causation / Statistical evidence

  • Ron Shapira (Bar Ilan University, Israel), Graphical solution of the problem of causality.
  • Jos Lehmann and Joost Breuker (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands), On defining common sense concepts for legal causal reasoning.
  • Burkhard Schafer (University of Edinburgh, Scotland), Elementary, my dear Watson: the troublesome journey of statistical evidence from scene-of-crime to courtroom.

12.10-13.30: Lunch

13.30-15.00: Paper presentations (2): System demo / The nature of legal discourse

  • Marianne Belis (Paris Academy of Computer Science) and Paul Snow, Expert system for reasoning in uncertainty in legal cases.
  • Bart Verheij (Maastricht University, The Netherlands), Anchored narratives and dialectical argumentation.
  • Ronald J. Allen (Northwestern University, USA), Ambiguity, unpredictability and common sense.

15.00-15.30: Coffee/tea.

15.30-16.30: panel discussion
Panel members: Craig Callen, Peter Tillers, L. Thorne McCarty and Henry Prakken.

Publication plans:

The journal Law, Probability and Risk: A Journal of Reasoning under Uncertainty (Oxford University Press) is happy to consider for publication papers presented at the workshop. It is anticipated that accepted papers will be published in 2002, in one or more of the journal's quarterly issues. Papers submitted to Law, Probability and Risk (LPR) will undergo peer review. LPR will accept only original works. Papers slated for publication elsewhere are not eligible for publication in LPR.

Organizing Committee:

Please contact the Workshop Organizing Committee if you have any questions.

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