Workshop “Network Analysis in Law”

Friday June 14th 2013
In conjunction with
ICAIL 2013: XIV International Conference on AI and Law

>>>Workshop Program online now!

This workshop aims to bring together researchers from computational social science, computational legal theory, network science and related disciplines in order to discuss the use and usefulness of network analysis in the legal domain.

Two obvious strands of research come to mind:

1.       Analysing and visualizing networks of people and institutions: Law is made by people, about and for people and institutions. These people (or institutions) form networks, be it academic scholars or criminals and these networks can be detected, mapped, analysed and visualised;

2.       Analysing and visualizing the network of law: Law itself forms a network. Sources of law refer to other sources of law and together constitute (part of) the core of the legal system. In the same way as above, we can represent, analyse and visualise this network.

A third area of research is where these two networks meet:

3.       People or institutions create sources of law or appear in them: Research on the network of one may shed light on the other. Two examples:

a.       Legal scholars write commentaries on proposed legislation or court decisions. Sometimes they write these together. These commentaries may provide information on the network of scholars; the position of an author in the network of scholars may provide information on the authority of the comment.

b.      ‘Criminals ‘appear in court decisions and may appear in more than one. Information on the network of criminals may help in finding related cases and decisions. Criminals that appear together in a court case may help in building the network of criminals.

We invite papers on and demonstrations of original work on these and other aspects of network analysis in the legal field. Submissions will be subject to a light review process on appropriateness for this call, originality of the research described and technical quality.

Submission of papers of around 3000 words should be done through Easychair at:

Workshop Format

Short presentations and/or demonstrations and discussion.

Publication Opportunities

Selected papers will be published in extended form in a volume of the Series “Law Science Technology” (ESI – Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane) after another review round.

Important Dates

Submission due:                              May 1st 2013  May 10th 2013 (extended)
Accept/Reject notification:         May 15th 2013  May 19th 2013
NAiL2013 Workshop:                     June 14th 2013

Organizing Committee

Michael Bommartio, ReInventLaw Laboratory, Michigan, USA
Romain Boulet, University of Lyon, France
Daniel Katz, Michigan State University, USA
Marc Lauritsen, Capstone Practice, USA
Nicola Lettieri, University of Sannio Law School, Italy (co-chair)
Bill Speros, Speros & Associates LLC, USA
Innar Liiv, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Thomas Smith, University of San Diego Law School, USA
Radboud Winkels, Leibniz Center for Law, Netherlands (chair)

Date: Friday, June 14 2013


Every presentation should be 15 minutes max, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

Preliminary Program



09.00 – 09.05

Radboud Winkels and Nicola Lettieri

09.05 – 09.30

Bad law before it goes bad: Citation networks and the life cycle of overruled Supreme Court precedent

Ryan Whalen

09.30 – 09.55

Knowledge Network Based on Legal Issues

Paul Zhang, Harry Silver, Mark Wasson, David Steiner and Sanjay Sharma

09.55 – 10.20

Network Analysis of Manually-Encoded State Laws and Prospects for Automation

Patricia Sweeney, Elizabeth Bjerke, Margaret Potter, Hasan Guclu, Keane Christopher, Kevin Ashley, Matthias Grabmair and Rebecca Hwa

10.20 – 10.45

From structure to function: exploring the use of text and social network analysis in criminal investigations

Nicola Lettieri, Delfina Malandrino, Raffaele Spinelli and Carlo Rinaldi

10.45 – 11.10

A Network Analysis of Dutch Regulations - Using the MetaLex Document Server

Rinke Hoekstra

11.10 – 11.30

Coffee  Break

11.30 – 11.55

A Text Analysis Framework for Automatic Semantic Knowledge Representation of Legal Documents

Ákos Szőke, Krisztián Mácsár and György Strausz

11.55 – 12.20

Graph-Based Linking and Visualization for Legislation Documents (GLVD)

Dincer Gultemen and Tom van Engers

12.20 – 12.55

Finding and Visualizing Context in Dutch Legislation

Radboud Winkels and Alexander Boer

12.55 – 13.00

Closing Remarks