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Best paper award at IRIS 2020

The paper "NAI: Towards Transparent and Usable Semi-Automated Legal Analysis" by Alex Steen and Tomer Libal, postdocs at the University of Luxembourg, won the best paper award (1st prize) at the "Internationales Rechtsinformatik Symposion (IRIS 2020)" conference. The paper was selected out of more than 150 papers accepted at the conference. NAI is a novel prototype for automated reasoning over legal documents. It uses formalized representations of legal documents that are created using a graphical editor that is also provided as part of NAI. The prototype supports several automated reasoning procedures over the given formalizations, including the execution of user queries. 


The conference:


The IRIS conference (https://www.univie.ac.at/RI/IRIS2020/)  is a conference on legal informatics: "This main topic concerns all major questions of legal informatics: legal information, e-government, e-democracy, e-justice, legal visualisation, legal design, IT law, e-commerce, IP law, telecommunications law, e-procurement, Internet governance, etc. New approaches and solutions as well as continuous further developments will be presented.

The IRIS conference is known for its interdisciplinary orientation as well as the involvement of the administration, business and civil society. [...]"


For us, this award is a clear indication that symbolic AI mechanisms, including computer-assisted logical reasoning, can indeed contribute to the ongoing digital transformation of legal practice. We are grateful for the honor, and this of course encourages us to further pursue this direction of research.