Friday, June 29, 2012

Workshop on Formal Argument and Evidential Discovery

The proposed workshop on "Formal Argument and Evidential Discovery" -- if approved, which is likely -- will take place in Rome on one day (probably Friday) during the week of June 10 - June 14, 2013, in conjunction with ICAIL 2013. The organizers of the proposed workshop are Scott Brewer, Giovanni Sartor, and Peter Tillers. The following people have already expressed more than a passing interest in the proposed workshop: Jennifer Mnookin, Robert Burns, Ronald Allen, Philip Dawid, Burkhard Schafer, Raymundo Gama, Louis Raveson, Jane Campbell Moriarty, Rainhard Bengez, and Mark Spottswood.

The proposed workshop will deal with whether and the extent to which factual discovery differs from factual proof. The topic invites discussion of matters such as (i) abductive inference, (ii) the role of intuition, hunch, and subjective judgment in the process of discovery; and (iii) the role if any of formal argument (including, e.g., statistical methods) in discovery.

Here is ICAIL's announcement of the conference as a whole:

CAIL 2013 is heading to Rome! 

The host institution for ICAIL 2013 will be ITTIG-CNR, the Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques of the National Research Council of Italy. The conference venue will be located at the CNR headquarters, at Piazzale Aldo Moro 7. CNR provides world-class conference facilities and is situated in Rome's distinguished university area.

ICAIL 2013 is scheduled to take place during the week of June 10 to 14, 2013.  Conference officials will include Enrico Francesconi in the role of Conference Chair, Bart Verheij as Program Chair and Anne Gardner as Secretary-Treasurer.
We are excited about the venue for the conference, in one of Europe's and the world's great cities. Most of all, we believe the venue will broaden the appeal ofICAIL, and increase its outreach and collaborative possibilities. We hope to attract new researchers by offering a host of existing and new topics under the AI & Law banner.

The EC congratulates the Italian team that drafted its successful proposal, but also wishes to acknowledge the strong proposals submitted from three other sites as well: Paris, France; Braga, Portugal; and Poznan, Poland. This year was the first time that so many highly competitive host proposals were submitted to the Executive Committee. 

In the weeks ahead, more information will be distributed about the Conference Calls for Papers and Calls for Tutorials and Workshops, not to mention theICAIL 2013 Mentoring Program for researchers new to our community.  We will also be sharing additional information about the conference site as well as the conference Web site.  So stay tuned.  Viva l'Italia!

On behalf of the 
IAAIL Executive Committee,


Radboud Winkels, Univ. of Amsterdam, IAAIL President
Jack G. Conrad, Thomson Reuters, IAAIL Vice President
Anne Gardner, Atherton, CA, IAAIL Secretary-Treasurer


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