Legal Rules and Reasoning

This RuleML 2016 special track on Legal Rules and reasoning will bring together practitioners, interested in the legal rules and reasoning. A norm, following Kelsen’s definition is a mandatory command concerning rights or duties endorsed by an organization that has the power to impose these rules to addressees. A norm is usually expressed in writing using legal texts or in an oral way (e.g., a social norm, an oral contract) or in other representations (e.g., symbolic road signs). This legal source is the main inspiration for the legal rules. Legal rules are interpretations of one or more norms formalized using logical rules in the form of antecedent and consequent. It is mostly the interpretation of the legal source and it is often a normalization of the convoluted and technical legal language. This track wants to investigate the complex relationship among norms, legal sources, interpretation, argumentation and legal rules.

Topics (not limited to):

* Learning from legal texts
*  Modeling normative rules
*  Regulatory compliance by rules
*  Modeling legislation
*  XML, standards for legal documents
*  Legal ontology
*  Semantic Web in Legal Domain
*  Legal Open Data and Rules
*  Reasoning about normative rules
*  Normative rules extraction by natural language processing


Papers must be original contributions written in English and must be submitted at (please enter the track name as the first line in the keywords section) as:

  • Full Papers (15 pages in the proceedings)
  • Short Papers (8 pages in the proceedings)

Please upload all submissions in LNCS format. To ensure high quality, submitted papers will be carefully peer-reviewed by 3 PC members based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of exposition. Selected papers will be published in book form in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. The RuleML2016 special tracks will be published in the same book. Short papers may contain 1 extra page maximum for which there is a charge of US$200, while for long papers you are allowed 2 extra pages maximum for EACH of which there is a charge of US$200. A selection of the best papers from all tracks will be invited to be revised and extended for the post-conference publication in a Special Issue of TPLP (Theory and Practice of Logic Programming).

RuleML main track and special tracks dates:

New Extended Deadline April 4, 2016
Paper Submission: March 18, 2016
Author Notification May 4, 2016
Camera Ready May 18, 2016
Conference: 6-9 July, 2016