2nd International Workshop on Digital Justice, Digital Law, and Conceptual Modeling

In conjunction with the 42st International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2023), Lisbon, Portugal, 6-9 November, 2023.

Law plays a crucial role in almost every aspect of our life, both public and private. Thousands of legal documents are constantly produced by institutional bodies, such as Parliaments and Courts, which constitute a prominent source of information and knowledge for judges, lawyers, and other professionals involved in legal decision-making. To cope with growing volume, complexity, and articulation of legal documents as well as to foster digital justice and digital law, increasing effort is being devoted to digital transformation processes in the legal domain.

Conceptual modeling plays a crucial role in this scenario, to formalize features and nature of terminology used in legal documents and to promote the development and the adoption of legal ontologies, shared vocabularies, and open linked data about legislation, case-law, and other relevant legal information. Furthermore, advanced functionalities for legal data and process modeling and management are advocated, embracing modern technologies like Semantic Web, NLP, AI, to enable semantic text search and exploration, legal knowledge extraction and formalization, legal decision-making and legal analytics.

This workshop aims to constitute a meeting venue for a variety of researchers involved in digital justice and digital law, originating a rich community crossing different disciplines besides computer science, like law, legal informatics, management, economics and social sciences. The workshop will provide an opportunity to share, discuss, and identify new approaches and solutions for modeling, analysis, formalization, and interpretation of legal data and related processes.

We solicit submissions related to digital justice and digital law in general, also bringing out modeling and conceptualization features; topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Digital transformation, digital justice, digital law
  • Legal ontologies: design, reuse, applications, experiences
  • Linked data and knowledge graphs in the legal domain
  • Thesauri, shared vocabularies, and taxonomies in the legal domain
  • Domain-Specific Visual Modeling Language (DSVML) and law
  • Visual law, legal design, and correlated themes
  • Process modeling in digital justice
  • Legal data interpretation
  • Modeling and law version control: normative systems, judicial decisions, contracts
  • Legal document annotation
  • Legal knowledge extraction
  • Semantic search and retrieval of legal data
  • Ethics in legal data processing
  • Legal analytics
  • Quality of legal data modeling

  • Abstract submission: July 3, 2023
  • Paper submission: July 10, 2023 extended deadline: July 27, 2023
  • Author notification: August 28, 2023 September 8, 2023
  • Camera-ready: September 18, 2023 September 15, 2023
  • Workshop: November 6, 2023

JUSMOD invites submissions of high-quality papers describing original and unpublished research contributions.

The paper submission formats are:

  • Regular paper (max 10 pages, including images and references): research papers describing a completed study, including negative results and early exploratory efforts.
  • Short paper (max 6 pages): position, vision, and lesson-learnt papers about planned/in-progress study, including presentations of preliminary results.

The authors must submit manuscripts using the Springer style for Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Papers must be submitted as PDF files via https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=er2023 (JUSMOD 2023 track).

Accepted papers are expected to be presented at the conference and at least one author is required to register to the conference.

The proceedings of JUSMOD will be published in a volume of Springer LNCS.

The organization of a journal special issue about the workshop topics is currently under consideration. The authors of workshop accepted papers will be invited to submit an extended contribution to the special issue (if confirmed).

  • Silvana Castano, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
    silvana.castano [at] unimi.it
  • Mattia Falduti, theSquare Centre, Italy
    mattia.falduti [at] thesquarecentre.org
  • Cristine Griffo, Eurac Research, Italy
    cristine.griffo [at] eurac.edu
  • Stefano Montanelli, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
    stefano.montanelli [at] unimi.it

Program Committee

  • Tommaso Agnoloni, IGSG, CNR, Italy
  • Jean-Rémi Bourguet, University of Vila Velha, Brazil
  • Samuel M. Brasil Jr., National School of the Judiciary (ENFAM), Brazil
  • Daniel Braun, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Juliana Justo Castello, Vitória Law School, Brazil
  • Maria das Graças Teixeira, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil
  • Mirna El Ghosh, Sorbonne University (LIMICS), France
  • Matthias Grabmair, Technische Universität München, Germany
  • João O. Lima, Prodasen-Brazilian Senate, Brazil
  • Zoran Milosevic, Deontik Pty Ltd
  • Elias Oliveira, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil
  • Matteo Palmonari, Università di Milano-Bicocca, Italy
  • Anca Radu, European University Institute (EUI), Italy
  • Davide Riva, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
  • Jaromir Savelka, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Giovanni Sileno, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Andrea Tagarelli, Università della Calabria, Italy
Please, follow these instructions for preparation of the camera-ready versions of accepted papers:
  • Upload i) either a zipped file containing all the LaTeX sources or a Word file in the RTF format, and ii) a PDF file of the final version on Easychair (JUSMOD 2023 track) using the Springer style for Lecture Notes in Computer Science provided for the initial submission. Using this template is mandatory. Regular papers MUST NOT exceed 10 pages everything included, Short papers MUST NOT exceed 6 pages everything included. Deadline: Sep 17 2023.
  • Fill-in and upload to Easychair a signed copyright form. Please use this template. It is sufficient for one of the authors to sign the copyright form. You can scan the form into PDF or any other standard image format. Deadline: Sep 17 2023.
  • Register to the ER 2023 conference. At least one author registration is required per paper. Please, follow the instructions at the ER 2023 website.

Please, write to jusmod23@islab.di.unimi.it for any question.

14:00 - Welcome and introduction
14:05 - Keynote from Joao Paulo Almeida on Conceptual Modeling of Legal Relations
  • 14:45 - Marco Billi, Thiago Raulino Dal Pont, Isabela Cristina Sabo, Francesca Lagioia, Giovanni Sartor and Aires José Rover. Supervised Learning, Explanation and Interpretation from Pretrial Detention Decisions by Italian and Brazilian Supreme Courts
  • 15:00 - Alfio Ferrara, Sergio Picascia and Davide Riva. Few-Shot Legal Text Segmentation via Rewiring Conditional Random Fields: a Preliminary Study
  • 15:15 - Catherine Sai, Anastasiya Damaratskaya, Karolin Winter and Stefanie Rinderle-Ma. Identification and Visualization of Legal Definitions and Legal Term Relations
  • 16:00 - Amedeo Santosuosso, Stefano D'Ancona and Emanuela Furiosi. New-generation templates facilitating the shift from documents to data in the Italian judiciary
  • 16:15 - Antonella Calo, Antonella Longo and Marco Zappatore. Comparative analysis of disinformation regulations: A preliminary analysis
  • 16:30 - Roberto Nai, Emilio Sulis and Laura Genga. Public procurement analysis with process discovery techniques and event log enrichment
  • 16:45 - Lisa Trigiante, Domenico Beneventano and Sonia Bergamaschi. Privacy-Preserving Data Integration for Digital Justice (short paper)
  • 16:55 - Chaminda Liyanage, Tharaka Ilayperuma, Jeewanie Jayasinghe Archchige and Faiza A. Bukhsh. Formalizing Legal Domain Knowledge from Ontological Perspective : A Case of Sri Lankan Civil Appellate Court Domain (short paper)
17:05 - Discussion and closing