Information in ENGLISH

The  International Legal Informatics Symposium (IRIS)  will take place at the Law Faculty of the University of Salzburg. Already being in its 19th 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 IRIS 2016 is Networks

“Networks” are systems whose structure can be described as a graph; a set of elements (nodes) which are connected together by links (edges). The relations are therefore varied, may be redundant and can have different meanings (weighting). Already in the 1970s, Leo Reisinger has worked on this topic. Establishing and maintaining networks, the “networking”, both in real life and in Social Networks, are increasingly gaining importance. Athi Saarenpää therefore no longer speaks of the knowledge society but of the network society.

In law, the cooperation structure determines the network structure. “Cooperation” is understood as the purposeful interaction of actions of living creatures, people or organizations for better achieving a common goal through division of labour. Without cooperation no system building exists. The role in the network reflects the importance of the stakeholders of the system (or following Fritjof Haft, as an authority of the law). Currently, it is a system with people; but increasingly, also machines play a role (e.g. FinanzOnline). Typical for the law is also that documents play an important role itself – groundbreaking laws, landmark decisions, as well as flagship commentaries. Therefore, it is natural to understand the legal system as a set of networks and also to analyze it as such. The networking of documents is an essential added value of legal information systems (network view of law, following Qiang Lu and Jack Conrad).

The information and knowledge society with its strong focus on digital fundamental rights requires this fundamental rethinking of lawyers. The Internet has revolutionized communication. Taking advantage of this, legal informatics ensures with the provision of text corpora in legal information systems the basic information infrastructure. The growing deployment of semantic documents opens the way to machine-human or machine-machine communication. Thus the way is open for greater efficiency at lower cost; an essential objective of the jurisprudence in the 21st century. The development is insidious, but sustainable and legal informatics is in the centre, because the knowledge network changes significantly.

The IRIS Conference is known for its interdisciplinary focus and the involvement of government, business and civil society. Therefore I ask you to submit proposals, especially in topics on the Network Society, the networking of legal stakeholders, the networking of legal documents, social networks of legal discussion and participation, automated decision making, and of course the related legal issues. A key goal of IRIS2016 is to show the interactions of networks in law and to find appropriate practical solutions.

The leading topic 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 related to the leading topic.


Submission of a contribution in the form of a short abstract (author, affiliation, title, about 300 words) by 31 October 2015. The abstract should be uploaded via the conference website or directly via the website of the conference software EasyChair:

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Programme Comitee. The reviews will be available to the authors on EasyChair.

The programme will be available in December 2015.

Camera-ready versions of accepted contributions should be uploaded on EasyChair by 10 January 2016 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.

Contributions uploaded before this deadline will automatically participate in the Lexis Nexis Best Paper Award and will be reviewed by a Jury of Professors.

Conference language is German but partly also English. Of the 6 tracks, one will be in English.