We invite papers and demonstrations of original works on the following aspects of network analysis in the legal field:
Analysis and visualization of networks of people and institutions: law is made by people, about and for people and institutions. These people or institutions form networks, be it academic scholars, criminals or public bodies and these networks can be detected, mapped, analysed and visualised. Can we better study institutions and their activities by analysing their internal structure or the network of their relations? Does it help in finding the ‘capo di tutti i capi’ in organized crime?
Analysis and visualization of the network of law: law itself forms networks. Sources of law refer to other sources of law and together constitute (part of) the core of the legal system. In the same way as above, we can represent, analyse and visualise this network. Can it help in determining the authority of case law or the likelihood a decision will be overruled? Does it shed light on complex or problematic parts of legislation? Is it possible to exploit networks visualization to support legal analysis and information retrieval?
Combination of the first and second aspects: people or institutions create sources of law or appear in them: Research on the network of one may shed light on the other. Two examples:
Legal scholars write commentaries on proposed legislation or court decisions. Sometimes they write these together. These commentaries may provide information on the network of scholars; the position of an author in the network of scholars may provide information on the authority of the comment.
The application of network analysis techniques to court decisions and proceedings is proving to be helpful in detecting criminal organizations and in analysing their structure and evolution over time.
More and more (para-) legal data become available in electronic form, either from the official, authoritative sources (governments, public administrations, courts, notaries, but also possibly banks, insurance companies, etc.) or from third parties like (commercial) publishers, NGO's, and universities. This may concern sources of law - statutes, case law, treaties - criminology and criminalistic data, statistical data on law application, etc. This opens up new opportunities for research into the collection and interlinking, descriptive and predictive analysis, and visualization of these collections of legal data. One of the techniques for doing this kind of research is network analysis, but other are needed to create the networks and to visualize them. The NAiL workshops are intended as a forum for discussion of these research ideas and developments.
In 2013 we organized the first workshop on Network Analysis in Law at the 14th ICAIL conference in Rome. Eight papers were presented on various aspects of this field and after the conference extended versions of these eight, plus an extended version of a paper from the main conference were collected in a volume of the "Law Science Technology" series (ISBN 9788849527698). The second workshop was held during JURIX 2014 in Krakow, Poland. Fourteen papers were presented and published in preproceedings. Work on post-proceedings is going on.
Radboud Winkels, Leibniz Center for Law, Netherlands Nicola Lettieri, ISFOL / University of Sannio Law School, Italy
Michael Bommarito, Bommarito Consulting, LLC, USA Romain Boulet, University of Lyon, France Pompeu Casanovas, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain Sebastiano Faro, ITTIG-CNR, Italy Rinke Hoekstra, Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands Daniel Katz, Chicago Kent College of Law, LexPredict, USA Nicola Lettieri, ISFOL / University of Sannio Law School, Italy Delfina Malandrino, University of Salerno, Italy Marc van Opijnen, Knowledge Center for Official Government Publications, Netherlands Ugo Pagallo, University of Torino,Italy Monica Palmirani, University of Bologna, Italy Bill Speros, Speros & Associates LLC, USA Innar Liiv, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia Thomas Smith, University of San Diego Law School, USA Radboud Winkels, Leibniz Center for Law, Netherlands (chair)
Short presentations and/or demonstrations and discussion.
Accepted papers will be published in pre-proceedings. Selected papers will be published in extended form in another form, either as a special issue of a journal or as a volume of the Series "Law Science Technology" (ESI) after another review round.
November 8th 2015November 17th 2015
November 22nd 2015November 25th 2015
December 9th 2015
How to submit
Submissions will be subject to a light review process on appropriateness for this call, originality of the research described and technical quality. Submission of papers of around 3000 words should be done through Easychair at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nail2015.