Artificial Intelligence and Law

Artificial intelligence and law is a field of study and research, which has been established since long and deals with all the possible applications of artificial intelligence to the world of law. Traditionally, this field has mainly concerned the forms of legal reasoning, the formation of legal knowledge, and the decision-making processes inherent to the legal domain. However, recent developments in artificial intelligence have also affected this area of study and research.

Increasingly, artificial intelligence is no longer defined with close reference to the notion of human intelligence, consciousness, and alike, but is considered as a growing resource of interactive, autonomous, and self-learning agency. As a smart form of agency, AI has even a greater potential to affect and reshape law, while raising legal, technical, and ethical issues, which affect human autonomy, self-determination, and responsibility. Furthermore, since AI is gradually more fueled by data, these issues are predominantly rooted in data collection, retention and management. This raises key questions and challenges that require full examination and discussion, since they deeply affect the future trends of law.


The topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

  • Formal and computational models of legal knowledge
  • Models of legal reasoning
  • Artificial intelligent systems in the legal domain
  • Automation and decision-making process
  • Machine learning and data mining
  • Artificial intelligence and litigation
  • Predictive coding
  • Interactive, autonomous and self-learning agency
  • Ethics of artificial intelligence

Organisation Committee

  • Pedro Miguel Freitas, Universidade Católica Portuguesa
  • Ugo Pagallo, University of Torino
  • Massimo Durante, University of Torino
  • Paulo Novais, Universidade do Minho

Program Committee

  • Arlindo Oliveira, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
  • Ana Rodriguez, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Carlisle E. George, Middlesex University, UK
  • Clara Pereira, King’s College London, UK
  • Cristina Alonso, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Ehrwein Nihan Céline, Haute Ecole d’Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud, Switzerland
  • Elsa Sequeira, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal
  • Francisco Andrade, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
  • Giovanni Sartor, European University Institute, Italy
  • Luis Xavier, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal
  • Luisa Avitabile, Università di Roma, Italy
  • Manuel David Masseno, Instituto Politécnico de Beja, Portugal
  • Peggy Valcke, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Pompeu Casanovas, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
  • Radboud Winkels, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Teresa Moreira, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
  • Thomas Burri, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Vicente Julián Inglada, Valencia University of Technology, Spain