Global E-Discovery/E-Disclosure Workshop: A Pre-Conference Workshop at the 12th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law ___________________________________________________________________

Monday, June 8, 2009 -- Casa Convalescència, Barcelona, Spain


Please submit original research papers and statements of position by email to

Call for papers

The application of Artificial Intelligence to law, including search and data analysis technologies, has long been an area of interest for researchers. Similarly, contemporary techniques for indexing legal documents such as legislation, regulations, and case law, and their citations, have become highly developed. While work on these topics continues, interest in a new class of digital evidence management applications, often referred to as "E-Discovery" or “E-Disclosure”, is increasing rapidly, in part because electronically stored information (ESI) has become a pervasive component of many routine commercial and government activities in many countries around the world. These applications raise important new challenges for the legal search community, including:

·        New types of content, for instance, threaded yet highly diverse material (as with common e-mail), material possessing considerable informal language (as with instant and text messaging), as well as non-text applications and new media (e.g., video, podcasts, digital photos, voicemail).

·        Unprecedented requirements for scalable work processes, with collections containing on the order of a billion documents.

·        Management of a complex array of interlocking rights and privileges (e.g., personal privacy, attorney-client privilege, and executive privilege in government).

·        Problems associated with texts in languages other than the host jurisdiction’s, in terms of producing accurate translations as well as making contextual sense of documents through automated search techniques.

No existing community possesses the expertise to attack these challenges alone, so our goal is to continue to bring together researchers and practitioners with relevant expertise to begin crafting a research agenda to address these new challenges. This year, in addition to inviting contributions addressing research issues relevant to the problems of E-Discovery and E-Disclosure in general, the workshop will emphasize problems in an international context, such as information retrieval within civil and common law jurisdictions, both in dealing with text in non-host jurisdiction languages and in connection with cross-border litigation subject to varying rules of procedure and practice.

In 2007, participants from five continents gathered together for the first DESI Workshop_ at Stanford University as part of ICAIL 2007. See A second successful international workshop, DESI II, was held at University College London in 2008. See

This year, participation is again invited from all interested parties, including those with backgrounds in:

--Archives and records management
--Artificial intelligence and law
--Automated data analysis and report generation
--Computational linguistics
--Digital forensics
--Legal sensemaking
--Human-computer interaction
--Human language technology
--Information retrieval
--Knowledge management
--Legal informatics
--Litigation support
--Natural language processing
--Text mining and text classification

Submissions: For this DESI III workshop, two types of written contributions are invited:

·        Original papers describing research or practice, which may be selected for oral or poster presentation. Longer research papers are welcomed (8-10 pages), while shorter papers are also invited (4-6 pages). Accepted papers will be included in the working notes of the workshop that will be distributed in print to participants and posted on the Web.

·        Brief (typically 1-2 page) position papers describing individual interests, for inclusion (without review) in the working notes and on the Web site. Brief descriptions of this type are particularly valuable when bringing together diverse research communities. Additionally, these papers can help with our selection of discussants, lunch table discussion leaders, and panelists. Participation in the workshop is open, so prior submission of position papers, while strongly encouraged, is not strictly required.