When and where

The workshop is co-located with LREC 2018. It will take place in Miyazaki, Japan, in the afternoon of May 12th, 2018.

Supported by LYNX: Building the Legal Knowledge Graph for Smart Compliance Services in Multilingual Europe


The World Wide Web and also Internet-based applications as well as startup companies are diversifying with an astonishing pace. While, only a few years ago, general-purpose applications and companies with a rather broad scope have been ubiquitous, now more and more niches and highly specific domains are being explored, both by academic and industrial research and also by enterprises and entrepreneurs. One of the specific domains that has been receiving a lot of attention recently are legal and regulatory information systems, among others, with regard to cross-border commerce, for example, within the European Union.s Digital Single Market but also in other areas and regions.

Of special interest in that regard is the recent hype around .regtech. (i.e., applying technologies to regulatory applications), the use of cognitive computing and language technologies to tackle the law (especially regarding the extraction of structured information from legal documents) and the adoption of semantic technologies for publishing legislative documents by the European institutions demonstrates that the next generation of intelligent applications is appearing in the legal domain.

These applications rely extensively on text resources and semantic web technologies. There is also a strong demand for high-quality, well described language resources, which can be used in the legal domain. Vast amounts of cases, rulings, laws, regulations, political programs, parliamentary debates and public opinions have been released in the last few years. However, we still don.t have a clear consensus or agreement of what the key characteristics, components and functionalities of the Legal Knowledge Graph should be. The language resources that should be used to populate the Legal Knowledge Graph are also a topic of current debates.

The proposed workshop is aimed at filling this crucial gap. In order to develop new products and services to assist lawyers and experts in the legal domain, a new type of interoperable language resources and technologies is necessary, aimed specifically at constructing the Legal Knowledge Graph.

Topics of interest

The 1st Legal KG Workshop invites research in language resources and technologies for the Legal Knowledge Graph, including but not limited to:

  • Resources in the legal domain such as: legislation, treaties, regulations, court decisions, case law (judgments, orders), international agreements or perparatory acts (legislative proposals, reports, etc.)
  • Resources in the political domain, such as political programs, parliament debates, etc.
  • Resources from the private law, such as contracts, agreements, etc.
  • Legal ontologies, vocabularies and thesauri
  • Technologies for handling resources in multiples languages from multiple jurisdictions
  • Localization of legal documents
  • Patterns in language and law
  • Automatic regulatory compliance systems
  • Applications of AI in the legal domain based on language resources
  • Legal text mining systems
  • Translation of legal documents
  • Methods of alignment of legislation with company workflows, public opinion, etc.
  • Any other research useful towards the Legal Knowledge Graph

Submissions and Important dates

Deadline for submission of full papers January 26th February 6th 2018 (23:59 GMT)
Notification of acceptance February 9th February 15th 2018
Camera-ready papers due February 28th 2018
Final programme and online proceedings April 15th 2018
Workshop date May 12th 2018
this half-day event will take place in the afternoon

The proceedings of the workshop will be published on the LREC 2018 website. Papers are to be submitted through the START system

Accepted papers will be presented as oral presentations or as posters. All accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings.

Papers should be between four and eight pages excluding references, complying to the LREC stylesheet and the LREC 2018 author.s kit templates.

Identify, Describe and Share your LRs!

Describing your LRs in the LRE Map is now a normal practice in the submission procedure of LREC (introduced in 2010 and adopted by other conferences). To continue the efforts initiated at LREC 2014 about .Sharing LRs. (data, tools, web-services, etc.), authors will have the possibility, when submitting a paper, to upload LRs in a special LREC repository. This effort of sharing LRs, linked to the LRE Map for their description, may become a new .regular. feature for conferences in our field, thus contributing to creating a common repository where everyone can deposit and share data.

As scientific work requires accurate citations of referenced work so as to allow the community to understand the whole context and also replicate the experiments conducted by other researchers, LREC 2018 endorses the need to uniquely Identify LRs through the use of the International Standard Language Resource Number (ISLRN), a Persistent Unique Identifier to be assigned to each Language Resource. The assignment of ISLRNs to LRs cited in LREC papers will be offered at submission time.


Organisation Committee

Tatiana Gornostaja (Tilde, Latvia)
Jorge Gracia (Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain)
Martin Kaltenböck (Semantic Web Company, Austria)
Ilan Kernerman (K Dictionaries, Israel)
Elena Montiel (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)
Julian Moreno (DFKI, Germany)
Georg Rehm (DFKI, Germany) (chair)
Víctor Rodríguez-Doncel (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain) (chair)
Matteo Zanioli (Alpenite, Italy)

Programme Committee

Adam Wyner (University of Aberdeen, UK)
Christian Sageder (Openlaws, Viena, AT)
Clemens Wass (Openlaws, Viena, AT)
Elena Montiel (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ES)
Emilio Serrano (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ES)
Enrico Francesconi (National Research Council of Italy (ITTIG-CNR, IT) and Publications Office of the EU, LU)
John Hendrik Weitzmann (Wikimedia Deutschland e.V., DE)
Jorge Gracia (Universidad de Zaragoza, ES)
María Navas (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ES)
Marie-Claude l.Homme (Université de Montréal, CA)
Milan Dojchinovski (University of Leipzig, DE)
Neil Wilkof (Bresler & Co., IL)
Pablo Calleja (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ES)
Paulo Quaresma (University of Evora, PT)
Philipp Cimiano (University of Bielefeld, DE)
Pompeu Casanovas (La Trobe University, AU)
Prodromos Tsiavos (University College London, UK)
Rodolfo Maslias (European Parliament, LU)
Sebastian Hellmann (University of Leipzig, DE)
Mariano Rico (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ES)
Tomaso Agnoloni (Institute of Legal Information Theory and Technologies, IT)


Georg Rehm georg.rehm AT dfki.de, Víctor Rodríguez-Doncel vrodriguez AT fi.upm.es