Call for Papers

IGI Global

Call for Papers 
    International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA)
Indexed in Web of Science Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
Special Issue On
Submissions Due Date

Guest Editors
Charalampos Alexopoulos, University of the Aegean, Greece
Monica Palmirani, University of Bologna, Italy
Yannis Charalabidis, University of the Aegean, Greece

Legal informatics domain is dealing with the application of informatics within the context of the legal environment, relating law-related organisations, such as parliaments or national printing offices, lawyers and law firms, courts, deliberative institutions and public administration, as well as citizens and businesses. The big data available –the amount of data produced is growing exponentially – permits to the machines to turn data into information, and to use personal behaviors for extracting knowledge. Artificial intelligence, legal analytics, machine learning, natural language processing, text mining and blockchain in the last five years permits to apply the theoretical findings elaborated for decades to concrete domains, including the legal environment and the legal informatics discipline paves the way of a new services.
On the one hand, the law-making and courts-decision processes, in an informed society, is facing the requirement to be “evidence-based”, factual evidence being deemed the prerequisite to guarantee the quality of decision and legislation. On the other hand, transparency, explicability, efficiency and effectiveness are the basic prerequisites in the public sector including the legal domain. Thus, new approaches utilizing the above-mentioned technologies are emerging in order for the designed services to provide information about the potential and actual impact of decisions and policies, enhance trust and accountability among governments, citizens and businesses, prevent bias on proceedings with cross jurisdictional boundaries, facilitate the rules depend on a particular jurisdiction and assist dispute resolution process.
The combination of the basic characteristics of these technological trends would eventually lead to the total reform of the legal sector either in law-making or in the legal industry. But first we need to describe, annotate and semantically enrich the legal information. A second great challenge of the domain is the so called, “Responsible AI” and explicable AI, which has been raising awareness of the potential threats of AI to a “healthy development” of society, and there is an ongoing discussion to what extent normative regulations are required to control the use of AI. This new approach includes also a new ethics dimension creating a digital ethics analytic method by-design to introduce with the other disciplines.

This special issue aims at presenting foundational, approaches, tools, case studies and theoretical frameworks for the creation, processing and publishing of legal documents as open data towards citizens, practitioners and administrations. Specific emphasis may be given to legal text mining, legal XML standards and models, legal ontologies, as well as further legal argumentation and reasoning models and approaches towards more automated legal services and information systems. We solicit for papers covering both organizational and technical aspects and combining theory and practice. Papers taking interdisciplinary approaches and covering a multitude of aspects are strongly encouraged. Furthermore, we promote a diversity of research methods to study the challenges of this multifaceted discipline including best practices, case studies, design approaches, literature reviews and interviews.

Recommended Topics
• AI and NLP concepts, methods and applications in legal informatics
• Blockchain and smart contracts concepts, methods and applications in legal informatics
• Responsible and Explainable AI in the legal sector
• Creating Big Legal Open Data
• Legal Knowledge Graphs and ontological alignment
• Metadata and semantic approaches in the legal sector
• Automated decision-making using Data Mining, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence algorithms in legal domain
• Extracting value from big legal open data through text mining
• Legal data analytics
• Knowledge extraction from legal documents
• Policy analytics, processing and intelligence for legal domain
• Data-driven strategies and policies using legal big data
• AI for eGovernment using legal rules
• Data quality, authenticity and provenance of legal big data
• Data protection, security and trust of the legal big data
• Ownership and legal big data and documents
• Ethical considerations in the application of Artificial Intelligence in Government
• Methods and technologies leading to enhanced digital public services
• Data-driven public sector innovations and applications
• Architectural Legal standards, principles and frameworks
• Semantic ontologies, web services and modeling for legal governmental infrastructures
• Legal Data platforms, interoperability and information sharing

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Foundational Approaches, Methods and Cases in Legal Informatics on or before 15 October 2020. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Guest Editor
International Journal Of Public Administration In The Digital Age