Artificial Intelligence, Law and Justice

IEA-AIE 2018 Special Track

The 31st International Conference on Industrial, Engineering & Other Applications of Applied Intelligent Systems
Montreal, QC, Canada
June 25-28, 2018


Important dates

Submission January 29, 2018 [EXTENDED]
Author Notification February 19, 2018
Camera-ready Version February 26, 2018
Conference June 25-28, 2018

Over the past few years, the widespread development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the legal and judicial domains, and the rise of legal technologies have started to cause a revolution, both in the daily life of practitioners and in the foundations of these domains.

The availability of large corpora of legal documents allows to train machine-learning-based systems, which are now used by lawyers build cases, shortening the time needed to find relevant information within the haystack of jurisprudence. These machine/deep learning based systems have a profound influence on the daily practice of legal professionals. However, the automation of such work can cause social opposition. The advent of predictive justice, which will have a deep impact on the legal system in both the mid- and long-term, also raises important ethical issues (e.g. transparency and discrimination).

These points will become even more pronounced if some of the decisions previously made by judges are automatized in the future. In addition, access to software predicting the outcome of a case and the likely amount of compensation has lead to the development of legal optimization: one aims to plead a case in the most favorable conditions to win. It will exacerbate the power imbalance between legal teams that have access to AI and those that do not. Thus, while AI has the potential to positively impact many aspects of law and justice, it must be applied in an ethical and socially responsible manner.

The objective of the proposed Special Track is to gather both researchers and professionals working at the crossroads of artificial intelligence, law and justice. Participants will have the opportunity to present recent developments in the field, to discuss the main challenges lying ahead, both scientifically and in terms of social acceptability and ethics. The Special Track is looking for theoretical contributions as well as practical contributions targeting real-life applications. In addition, the Special Track being multidisciplinary by nature, contributions coming from human and social sciences are also welcomed.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest, in the scope of the legal domain, include but are not limited to:

  • machine/deep learning models
  • information retrieval approaches
  • classification
  • information extraction
  • data and text mining
  • big data analytics
  • knowledge representation
  • intelligent systems
  • ...


Authors are invited to submit their papers in English of up to 12 single spaced pages including references, and presenting the results of original research or innovative practical applications relevant to the track. Shorter works, up to 6 pages may be submitted as short papers representing work in progress or suggesting possible research directions.
Submitted papers must be formatted using the Springer LNCS/LNAI style and will be done electronically using the submission button below and by selecting the relevant track. The use of the LaTeX2e style file available from Springer is required. Papers submitted to IEA/AIE 2018 must not have already been published, or accepted for publication, or be under review for a journal or another conference.
Submissions will go through a double blind review process by Program Committee members for originality, significance, technical merit, and clarity of presentation. In this regard, authors should not include any information that would identify them or their affiliations.
The conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNCS/LNAI) series. A paper will be accepted either as a long or as a short paper. Long papers will be allocated 12 pages while short papers will be allocated 6 pages in the proceedings. Authors of accepted papers will be allocated time for an oral presentation at the conference and will have the opportunity to present their work in a poster session. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the conference to present the work. Authors must agree to this requirement prior to submitting their paper for review.

Submit your paper!

Important dates:
Submission: January 29, 2018 [EXTENDED]
Notification: February 19, 2018
Camera Ready: February 26, 2018
Conference: June 25-28, 2018


Sébastien Gambs
Principal Investigator

Professor of Computer Science, UQAM, Canada

Faculty of science

Hugo Cyr

Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Law, UQAM, Canada

Faculty of Political Science and Law

Marie-Jean Meurs

Professor of Computer Science, UQAM, Canada

Faculty of science

Program Committee

Tentative list

  • Wolfgang Alschner, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Xavier Aurey, University of Essex, UK
  • Olivier Barsalou, UQAM, Canada
  • Jean-François Bonastre, LIA, France
  • Céline Castets-Renard, Université Toulouse-Capitole, France
  • Eric Charton, Yellow Pages, Canada
  • Laurence-Léa Fontaine, UQAM, Canada
  • Kim Fontaine-Skronski, IEIM-UQAM, Canada
  • Vincent Gautrais, Université de Montréal, Canada
  • Abhishek Gupta, McGill University, Canada
  • Richard Khoury, Université Laval, Canada
  • Philippe Langlais, Université de Montréal, Canada
  • Daniel Le Métayer, INRIA, France
  • Dominic Martin, UQAM, Canada
  • Alain Tapp, Université de Montréal, Canada
  • ...