The International Legal Informatics Symposium (IRIS) will take place at the Law Faculty of the University of Salzburg from 26-28 February 2015. Already being in its 18th year, IRIS has been established as the largest and most important academic conference on computers and law in Austria and Central Europe.
The leading topic of IRIS2015 is: Cooperation
Democratic legal systems require cooperation (according to Latin cooperatio “interaction”, “participation”) between the people (of which the law emanates), the stakeholders, the government and the legal service providers. The information and knowledge society with the pursuit of digital fundamental rights requires this fundamental rethinking of the lawyers. Progress, more efficiency, less cost, or – to put it in a sporty way: Citius, Altius, Fortius – is a central goal of jurisprudence in the 21st century. The development is gradually, but sustainable and legal informatics is at the center. Much has already been done.
The first added value of digitizing was to provide the main legal texts in a cloud for all – in the form of legal information systems (such as RIS or EUR-Lex). Today, these corpora are more and more supplemented and supported by images, graphics, decision lists, flowcharts, ontologies and logics. The central and public – as Open Data – available cloud is supplemented by a variety of private clouds (legal information provider, publishers, file archives as a cloud, research collections etc.). This is supplemented by Big Data: Never before is so much knowledge of the world available. More data makes it often easier but requires a more challenging analysis, and, sure, respect for data protection.
Lawyers have always shared knowledge; but the “how” is changing fundamentally in the knowledge society. It goes more and more towards the use of all possible sources of knowledge, whereby search, e-discovery and (semi) automatic analysis of materials come to the fore.
Lawyers share knowledge by publishing; they keep important knowledge for themselves and inform and share only when it is necessary. The main sources were previously collections of this expert and scholarly knowledge, be it as a collection of decisions of courts or as a handbook or a commentary. This still dominant form of cooperative collection and analysis in a knowledge framework indicated by different authorities is changing. The sharing of knowledge is characterized by less formal publication, is quantitatively more frequent, more intense and moves to the discourse what was only inadequate possible in the rigid form of publication. The sharing of opinions, the demonstration of contradictions, doubts, etc. is possible and can be used fruitfully in more discourses. Everyone will benefit from this ultimately. Social networks are indicative for this development. Innovative publishers try already to prepare this diversity of opinions for their clients.
Legal informatics – as has long been in informatics in administration – increasingly dominated by cooperative computer-supported work. Legal information systems (such as RIS or EUR-Lex) as well as citizen information platforms (such HELP.gv.at) are available for all. However, other legal texts have long been reused (such as a payment order of e-justice), but here is much more feasible through semantic “mark-up”. In the European e-Justice, “intelligent forms” are pushed; this also applies to e-Government. There exists a significant potential for the (semi) automation.
Legal Proceedings – legislation as well as the application of the law – are characterized by greater participation. Stakeholders, including, increasingly, civil society, publish their views and expect that they will be taken into account in the respective autonomous decisions of the Parliament, the Authority or the Court. This plus of actors, viewpoints, opinions and information can be handled only by modern knowledge systems with sufficient semantics. It is complex and it goes a little in the use of the “wisdom of the crowds”.
The legal system must be more efficient and effective, in order to play the significant role in the knowledge and network society. The future of lawyers depends on to meet this challenge appropriately.
IRIS2015 does not want to dominate the subject of the platform; the speakers ultimately determine the program with their proposals. Your topic and your contribution is important to us, even if they are not covered by the main theme.
Submission of a contribution in the form of a short abstract (author, affiliation, title, about 300 words) by 31 October 2014. The abstract should be uploaded via the conference website or directly via the website of the conference software EasyChair:
The programme will be available with begin of December 2014.
Camera-ready contributions should be sent by 10 January 2015 at the latest in order to include them in the conference proceedings. The proceedings will be available at the conference. Further, the papers are published in the electronic journal Jusletter IT.
Conference language is German but partly also English. Of the 6 tracks, one will be in English.