Reasoned Argumentation. Legal, Computational and Linguistic Perspectives

Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Department of Legal Theory, 2021 (online)

Co-organized with the ARGDIAP association

Important Dates

Submission deadline: October 31, 2021 (Extended)

Notification: November 14, 2021

Final versions of abstracts: November 21, 2021

Conference: November 24-26, 2021

Invited Speakers

  • Isabela Fairclough, School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies, University of Central Lancashire, UK
  • Jaap Hage, Department of Foundations and Methods of Law, Maastricht University
  • Fabio Paglieri, Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
  • Henry Prakken, Intelligent Systems Group, Utrecht University; Faculty of Law, University of Groningen

Program Committee

  • Ronald J. Allen, Northwestern University, USA
  • Michał Araszkiewicz, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland
  • Katie Atkinson, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Kevin Ashley, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Trevor Bench-Capon, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Floris Bex, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Scott Brewer, Harvard University, USA
  • Katarzyna Budzyńska, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
  • David Duarte, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Isabela Fairclough, University of Central Lancashire, UK
  • Anne Gardner, IAAIL, USA
  • Tom Gordon, University of Potsdam, Germany
  • Jaap Hage, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Martin Hinton, University of Łódź, Poland
  • Marcin Koszowy, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
  • Fabrizio Macagno, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Henry Prakken, University of Utrecht & University of Groningen
  • Ken Satoh, National Institute of Informatics and Sokendai, Japan
  • Jaromír Šavelka, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Burkhard Schäfer, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Manfred Stede, University of Potsdam, Germany
  • Bart Verheij, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Serena Villata, CNRS, France
  • Tomasz Żurek, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland


We invite the submission of extended abstracts (from 2 to 3 pages including references standard formatting Times, font 12, interline 1,5). The abstracts should specify the title of the submission, the author and their affiliation and the main theses and arguments of the presentation. Please do not use footnotes. The bibliography should be specified along the following guidelines:

• Journal article
J. Hage, R. Leenes, and A. R. Lodder. 1993. Hard Cases: A Procedural Approach. Artificial Intelligence and Law 2, 2 (1993), 113–167.
• Book (authored)
A. Gardner. 1987. An Artificial Intelligence Approach to Legal Reasoning. MIT Press, Cambridge.
• Book (edited)
N. MacCormick and R. S. Summers (Eds.). 1997. Interpreting Precedents. A Comparative Study. Dartmouth Publishing, Aldershot.
• Book chapter
K. D. Ashley. 2018. Precedent and Legal Analogy. In Handbook of Legal Reasoning and Argumentation, G. Bongiovanni, G. Postema, A. Rotolo, G. Sartor, C. Valentini, and D. Walton (Eds.). Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 673–710.
• Proceedings paper
E. L. Rissland and K. D. Ashley. A case-based system for trade secrets law. In Proceedings of the First International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law, pages 60–66. ACM Press, New York (New York), 1987.

The abstracts should be submitted to the Easy Chair platform:

Following the conference presentations, submissions will be collected for a special issue of a relevant academic journal. Submissions for the special issue will be selected by an academic peer review process.

About the Conference

For more than 10 years, the ARGDIAP conferences have provided an interdisciplinary forum for the presentation of research results in the field of argumentation studies. This year’s conference is organized by the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, and focuses on the broad notion of reasoned argumentation. Emphasis is on the different roles of reasons in argumentation, considering the legal, the computational and the linguistic perspectives; and on how these are interconnected. Relevant questions include for instance the following: 

  • How can the reasons for accepting a conclusion be represented in formal models? 
  • How can the interaction of rational agents using reasons be modelled computationally? 
  • What are the formal criteria and meta-criteria of argument acceptance? 
  • What are linguistic indicators of particular parts of argument, and can they be recognized computationally? 
  • What types of reasons exist in the process of argumentation and how can we account for their properties?
  • How can the language of reason-giving be evaluated?
  • Are there linguistic markers for good and bad reasoning?
  • What are the current advances on natural language processing concerning argumentation (argument mining)? 
  • How do these theoretical frameworks and models apply to the domain of legal reasoning? 
  • How do the specific features of legal language influence the process of argumentation? 
  • How should the specific constraints concerning legal settings be taken into account in formal models of argumentation? 

The aim of the conference is to bring together an interdisciplinary audience of computational argumentation experts, linguists, lawyers, cognitive scientists, psychologists and philosophers to discuss contemporary issues and developments in the emerging field.

Organization Committee

  • Katarzyna Budzyńska, Warsaw University of Technology
  • Marcin Koszowy, Warsaw University of Technology
  • Tomasz Żurek, Marie Curie-Skłodowska University of Lublin

Program Chair

  • Bart Verheij, Bernoulli Institute of Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, University of Groningen

Conference Chair

  • Michał Araszkiewicz, Department of Legal Theory, Jagiellonian University in Kraków

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