ICAIL 2021 - The 18th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law
University of São Paulo Law School, Brazil
The conference will be held ONLINE
Deadline for submission: 26 April 2021

Doctoral Consortium

The ICAIL 2021 Doctoral Consortium aims to promote the exchange of ideas from PhD researchers in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Law and to provide them with an opportunity to interact and receive feedback from leading scholars and experts in the field. Specifically, the Consortium seeks to provide opportunities for PhD students to:

  • obtain fruitful feedback and advice on their research projects;
  • meet experts from different backgrounds working on topics related to the AI & Law and Legal Information Systems fields;
  • have a face to face mentoring discussion on the topic and methodology of the PhD with an international senior scholar;
  • discuss concerns about research, supervision, the job market, and other career-related issues.

To be eligible for the Consortium, a candidate must be a current doctoral student at a recognized university. Ideally, the candidate should have at least 8—12 months of work remaining before expected completion. The participants of the Doctoral Consortium must register for and attend the main conference. The PhD student should be the sole author of the submission. Note that submissions to the Doctoral Consortium are entirely separate from any papers that students may have submitted to the main conference.
The accepted thesis descriptions or research descriptions will be presented to an interested audience and subject to discussion during the ICAIL 2021 conference. Submissions should address a topic related to the AI & Law.

Doctoral Consortium Chair & Contact Person

Michał Araszkiewicz, Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland),

Students are invited to submit an original description of their work addressing the following aspects:

  • A clear formulation of the research question;
  • An identification of the significant problems in the field of research;
  • An outline of the current knowledge of the problem domain, as well as the state of existing solutions;
  • A presentation of preliminary ideas, the proposed approach and the results achieved so far;
  • A sketch of the applied research methodology;
  • A description of the PhD project’s contribution to the problem solution;
  • A discussion of how the suggested solution is different, new, or better than existing approaches to the problem.

Thesis descriptions or research outcomes are limited to 10 pages in English using LNCS format and submitted electronically in PDF format jointly with a maximum 3 page CV. Please submit to

Submissions will be assessed by members from the AI and Law community who will consider how well the submissions address each of the aspects given above. We intend to invite the presenting authors to co-author a paper covering the topics of the accepted DC submissions in the Artificial Intelligence and Law journal.

Doctoral Consortium Important Dates

  • Deadline for submission of papers: April 26, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: May 24, 2021
  • Camera-ready copy due: June 7, 2021
  • Conference: June 21-25, 2021

The Best Paper of ICAIL 2021 Doctoral Consortium Award will be assigned to the most original, innovative and well-presented research.

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