Canals in Utrecht
Universiteit Utrecht


Kluwer MRE

Leibniz Centre for Law
Dom tower


The 16th Annual Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems

11 and 12 December, 2003

Faculty of Law &
Institute of Information and Computing Sciences
Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Organised under the auspices of the JURIX foundation. Co-sponsored by Kluwer MRE, RuleWise and by CERSA, the Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Pluridisciplinary Network (RTP) on Law and Information Systems, France. In collaboration with Leibniz Centre for Law (University of Amsterdam) and SIKS, the Dutch research school for information and knowledge systems.

The sixteenth JURIX conference will be held in Utrecht, the fourth largest city of the Netherlands, jointly organised by the Faculty of Law and the Institute of Information and Computing Sciences of Utrecht University. The conference venue is located at the heart of Utrecht's attractive historic centre.

Pictures of the conference
Recent JURIX conferences: Amsterdam 2001 London 2002
Conference programme
       conference locations
       presentation aids
Accepted papers
Invited speakers
Call for papers, tutorials and workshops: [HTML] [Word] [PDF]
Important dates
Formatting instructions for authors (main conference)
Conference Workshops:
       Question Answering for Interrogating Legal Documents.
       The Development of Standards for Describing Legal Documents. [Call for Papers].
Associated events:
       E-Government Workshop, Amsterdam, 9 december
       Masterclass on "Normatics", Utrecht, 10 december (presentations now online)
Organising Committee
Program Committee
Local information
       Travel notes
Related events
Registration (Online registration closed Wednesday, Dec. 10th, 11.45am. After that time only onsite registration and payment are possible.)

Invited Speakers:

D.J. van Dijk, member of the Dutch Council for the Judiciary (Raad voor de Rechtspraak).
Giovanni Sartor, CIRSFID and Faculty of Law, University of Bologna.
Willem Wagenaar, Dean, University College (dinner speaker)

First Call for Papers, Tutorials and Workshops:

Papers are invited on research on artificial intelligence and information technology as applied to the law, and in particular on legal knowledge systems, as well as on changes implied by the uses of ICT in the legal world. Typical topics are:
o systems that support legal decision making, drafting, knowledge discovery, negotiating and teaching
o knowledge acquisition for legal knowledge systems
o data mining for legal applications
o legal ontologies and semantic web
o representation of normative knowledge and open structured knowledge
o interfaces and retrieval systems of legal information
o question answering systems for legal databases
o legal neural networks and rule based systems
o verification and validation of legal knowledge systems
o e-government, e-court, e-democracy
o digital rights management and legal intelligent agents
o legal technology assessment and practical uses
o models of legal reasoning and argumentation
o theoretical foundations and models in Artificial Intelligence and Law
But papers on other relevant topics are welcome.

Papers should not exceed 5000 words. Electronic submission of papers is strongly preferred. To submit electronically, send the paper to the Program Chair as an email attachment, using PDF, PostScript or Word format. If electronic submission is impossible, to submit by ordinary mail, send 4 copies of the paper to the Program Chair. Style sheets can be obtained from the conference website.

Finally, proposals for tutorials and workshops are invited. Please submit a short description of the topic. Workshop proposals should be received before September 1, 2003; Tutorial proposals (with the schedule) before September 15, 2003. All proposals should be sent to the program chair, preferably by email.

The conference proceedings will be published by IOS Press (Amsterdam, Berlin, Oxford, Tokyo, Washington DC) in their series “Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications” before the Conference.

The JURIX conferences are held under the auspices of the Dutch Foundation for Legal Knowledge Systems, JURIX, and JURIX 2003 is jointly hosted by the Faculty of Law and the Institute of Information and Computing Sciences of Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

Important dates:

Submission of paper: September 15, 2003
Notification of acceptance paper: October 5, 2003
Final paper (camera-ready): October 20, 2003
Submission of workshop proposals: September 1, 2003
Submission of tutorial proposals: September 15, 2003

Organising committee:

  • Co-chairs:
    Tom van Engers (Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam / Dutch Tax and Customs Office)
    Tina van der Linden-Smith (Faculty of Law, Utrecht University)
    Henry Prakken (Institute of Information and Computing Sciences, Utrecht University)

  • Members:
    Filipe Borges (CERSA-CNRS, Universite de Paris 2)
    Rinke Hoekstra (Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam)
    Gerard Vreeswijk (Institute of Information and Computing Sciences, Utrecht University)

  • Conference secretariat:

Program committee:

Local information:

Utrecht is the fourth largest city of the Netherlands, with a very attractive historic centre and a large and lively student population. It is located at the heart of the Netherlands, easily reachable from all directions. Utrecht Central Station is the largest railway junction of the Netherlands; a train journey from Schiphol Airport takes 45 minutes (four to six connections each hour, including one change at Duivendrecht), and from Utrecht to Amsterdam takes just 30 minutes, with at least six direct connections each hour.

Travel notes:

From Schiphol Airport: Take one of the trains calling at Duivendrecht: five trains per hour, usually departing from platform 2, directions Hilversum, Lelystad Centrum, Amersfoort/Groningen or Amersfoort/Enschede. (Do not take a train to Amsterdam Central, but if by mistake you still do, simply change at Amsterdam Central for Utrecht; you will have lost only 20-30 minutes.) At Duivendrecht change for Utrecht: 6 trains per hour, up the escalator to platform 8. Do not take the .33 train; it will take you to Rotterdam instead of Utrecht.

Warning: Although travelling by public transport in the Netherlands is generally safe, the trains and railway stations around Schiphol and Amsterdam are popular targets of muggers and pickpockets. Be careful in the trains and at the platforms. If you bring a laptop, it is best to carry it within your suitcase instead of separately, and not to use it on the train.

By train from Belgium or Germany: When travelling from Belgium (Brussels-Antwerp): change for Utrecht at Rotterdam Central. When travelling from Germany (Koeln-Oberhausen-Arnhem): this train directly takes you to Utrecht Central. Those travelling from Germany (Osnabrueck-Hengelo) should change for Utrecht at Amersfoort.

From Utrecht Central Station:

  • Utrecht Central is a slightly confusing station, built as part of an indoor shopping centre. Upon arrival go up the stairs or escalator and follow the signs for the buses or taxis. If you prefer to walk to the city centre (Janskerkhof) follow the direction Centrum / Hoog Catharijne, walk into the shopping centre and find the exit Vredenburg (near the end). On the street called Vredenburg turn right or ask one of the many friendly locals how to walk to Janskerkhof.
  • The hotels NH Centre and Strowis can be reached by foot, walking to Janskerkhof (10 min) or by city bus lines 3 and 4 (direction Burg. F. Andrealaan) and line 11 (direction De Uithof/WKZ), busstop Janskerkhof (approx. 3-5 minutes).
  • For Hotel Ouwi and Maliehotel take city bus line 4 (direction Burg. F. Andrealaan) or line 11 (direction De Uithof/WKZ), busstop Oorsprongpark (approx. 10 minutes). At the traffic lights, for Hotel Ouwi turn left into the F.C. Donderstraat and for Maliehotel turn right into the Maliebaan, then the second street on your right is the Maliestraat.
  • The strippencard: Local public transport in The Netherlands requires a "strippencard". Within Utrecht, all rides are two strips. If you plan to use the city bus both to and from the railway station and from your hotel to the conference venue v.v., then buying a 15-strippencard is probably worth its money (available at the railway station ticket office). Otherwise it is probably cheaper to buy a single ticket on the bus for each ride.

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