Fifth International Workshop on Juris-informatics(JURISIN 2011)

Dec. 1-2, 2011

Sunport Hall Takamatsu, Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan

with a support of The Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence

in association with Third JSAI International Symposia on AI (JSAI-isAI 2011)

New Information (as of November 02, 2011)

Added 08/09/10 Due to several requests, the deadline of JURISIN 2011 has been extended to September 28, 2011!!

Added 02/Nov/11 Springer Verlag has agreed to publish selected papers of the workshop in the JSAI-isAI 2011 post-proceedings as a volume of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series!!

Added 02/Nov/11

Added 16/Nov/11 A workshop programme has been set.

Added 16/Nov/11 Please register the workshop here.

Invited Speakers:

(1) Syugo Hotta (School of Law, Meiji University)
Title: Implications of Forensic Linguistics for Juris-informatics
Abstract: Forensic linguistics, which is a fairly new discipline in linguistics, explores all different aspects of language in legal settings. It is gaining a momentum now in Japan, which is triggered by the introduction of the new lay participation system, the Saiban'in system. Juris-informatics shares an important feature with forensic linguistics on interpretation of legal phenomena described in (formal) language. Therefore, it should be worth our while to explore how the two disciplines offer each other insights into the interpretation of law and legal issues in this talk. A number of researches in forensic linguistics have been devoted to disclosing which factors of socio-linguistic attributes influence legal consequences and how influential they might be in making legal decisions. Some such factors discovered in the author's works will be briefly discussed in the talk. This talk also covers a brief history of forensic linguistics, its goals and its development in Japan.

(2) Bob Kowalski (Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Fellow, Department of Computing, Imperial College London)
Title: WUENIC - A Case Study in Rule-based Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
Abstract: WUENIC is a rule-based system implemented as a logic program, developed by WHO and UNICEF for estimating global, country by country, infant immunization coverage. It possesses many of the characteristics of rule-based legislation, facilitating decisions that are consistent, transparent and replicable. In this paper, we focus on knowledge representation and problem-solving issues, including the use of logical rules versus production rules, backward versus forward reasoning, and rules and exceptions versus argumentation.

Aims and scope

Juris-informatics is a new research area which studies legal issues from the perspective of informatics.
The purpose of this workshop is to discuss both the fundamental and practical issues for juris-informatics among people from the various backgrounds such as law, social science, information and intelligent technology, logic and philosophy, including the conventional "AI and law" area.
We solicit unpublished papers on theories, technologies and applications on juris-informatics.


Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Legal reasoning
* Argumentation/Argumentation agent
* Legal term ontology
* Formal legal knowledge-base/Intelligent management of legal knowledge-base
* Translation of legal documents
* Computer-aided law education
* Use of Informatics and AI in law
* Legal issues on ubiquitous computing/multi-agent system/the Internet
* Social implications of use of informatics and AI in law


We welcome and encourage the submission of high quality, original papers, which are not simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere. except as a submission to JURIX 2011 (The 24th International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems). The double submission policy with JURIX 2011 is as follows:
1. Papers being submitted both to JURISIN2011 and JURIX2011 must note this on the title page.
2. A paper to be presented at JURISIN2011 must be withdrawn from JURIX2011 and vice versa according to the choice by the authors.
3. If the authors do not follow this double submission policy, the paper by the authors will not be included in the proceedings of JURISIN 2011.
Papers should be written in English, formatted according to the Springer Verlag LNCS style in a pdf form , which can be obtained from, and not exceed 12 pages including figures, references, etc.
If you use a word file, please follow the instruction of the format, and then convert it into a pdf form and submit it at the paper submission page.
If a paper is accepted, at least one author of the paper must register the workshop and present it.
For a paper submission, click here .


A printed volume of the proceedings with ISBN(978-4-915905-47-6 C3004(JSAI)) will be available at the workshop.

Post Proceedings

Springer Verlag has agreed to publish selected papers of the workshop in the JSAI-isAI 2011 post-proceedings as a volume of LNAI.
Thus, the authors of papers presented at the workshop will be asked to extend their contributions, possibly incorporating the results of the workshop discussion, to be included in the workshop post-proceedings, after another round of refereeing.

The selected papers of the previous workshops were publisehd as volumes of LNAI4914(JURISIN 2007), LNAI5447(JURISIN 2008), LNAI6284(JURISIN 2009) and LNAI6797(JURISIN2010) respectively.

Financial Support for Students

We have received from JSAI partical economical support for travelling costs for promising foreign students whose papers have been accepted to be presented at JURISIN2011. The amount of the whole support is 250,000 yen and we divide it to students who need a support. The actual support will vary based on the number of applicants and where students come from. Please contact the chairperson (ksatoh at for details.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: September 28, 2011 (extended)
Notification: October 25, 2011 (extended)
Camera Ready Copy due: November 5, 2011 (extended)
JURISIN 2011: December 1-2, 2011

Workshop Chair

Shozo Ota, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Ken Satoh, National Institute of Informatics and Sokendai, Japan

Organizing Committee Members

Katsumi Nitta, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Shozo Ota, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Seiichiro Sakurai, Meiji Gakuin University, Japan
Ken Satoh, National Institute of Informatics and Sokendai, Japan
Satoshi Tojo, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology(JAIST), Japan

Programme Committee Members

Thomas Agotnes, University of Bergen, Norway
Katie Atkinson, The University of Liverpool, UK
Phan Minh Dung, AIT, Thailand
Tom Gordon, Franfoher FOKUS, Germany
Guido Governatori, The University of Queensland, Australia
Tokuyasu Kakuta, Nagoya University, Japan
Masahiro Kozuka, Kanazawa University, Japan
Makoto Nakamura, Nagoya University, Japan
Katsumi Nitta, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Paulo Novais, University of Minho, Portugal
Shozo Ota, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Jeremy Pitt, Imperial College, UK
Henry Prakken, University of Utrecht & Groningen, The Netherlands
Seiichiro Sakurai, Meiji Gakuin University, Japan
Ken Satoh, National Institute of Informatics and Sokendai, Japan
Akira Shimazu, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Fumihiko Takahashi, Meiji Gakuin University, Japan
Satoshi Tojo, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Katsuhiko Toyama, Nagoya University, Japan
Radboud Winkels, The University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
John Zeleznikow, Victoria University, Australia

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preivous JURISIN workshops


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