LVI2023 – Law via the Internet 2023, University of Vienna, Austria, 6-8 November 2023

Call for Papers and Abstracts


Mon 6 – Wed 8 November 2023, Juridicum, Vienna

Erich Schweighofer (University of Vienna), Stefan Eder (Cybly + Benn-Ibler Rechtsanwälte)

Since it began in 1997, the Law via the Internet conference has been established as the foremost international conference aiming at bringing together the various communities involved in all aspects of free access to law. It is organized annually under the auspices of the Free Access to Law Movement (FALM), a consortium of more than 60 non-profit institutions dedicated to providing free and open access to the world’s law.

After the COVID-19 break, it is a re-start this year, the last conference was in 2020 (online).

This year the Conference, organized in Vienna by the Centre for Computers and Law, Faculty of Law, University of Vienna and the Austrian Legal Information Institute LII-Austria.

LIIs were – among others – very successful in developing and enlarging authoritative legal text corpora for the various jurisdictions. Still, a lot of work has to be done, in particular in emerging economies and developing countries.

Challenges and opportunities for free access to law, including those posed by generative AI/large language models

As usual, the other topics of free access to legal information will be also properly included in the programme.

Large Linguistic Models like ChatGTP are heavily discussed in all scientific fora these days. As legal publishers consider LLMs as the next step in the improvement of legal research, we would
like to explore and discuss its options in this regards. The FALM has a strong potential due to its experience with large legal text corpora but also its competence in languages and different
character sets. Free access to law may be improved by better information retrieval but also summarizing relevant research results.

Topics of Papers

Authors are invited to submit abstracts on a broad spectrum of research topics that include, but are not restricted to:

Leading topic – generative AI & advanced legal IR:

  • Generative AI
  • Advanced legal information retrieval
  • Business cases of re-use of LII data
  • Completeness of legal text corpora
  • Indexing of legal text (multimedia) corpora
  • Standards of meta data for LLIs
  • Knowledge acquisition techniques for the legal domain (natural language processing, argument and data mining)
  • Legal knowledge representation
  • Automatic legal text classification and summarisation
  • Big data and data analytics for and in the legal domain
  • Communicating legal information: Visual law for improving public access to the law
  • Interactive and „intelligent“ legal services and knowledge-based tools


Open Data and freedom of information:

  • Open data policies
  • Policy issues on the publication of case law
  • Challenges facing free access to public legal information throughout the world
  • Open access to legal scholarship
  • Restrictions of openness
  • Sustainable business model for free law
  • Global interoperability and Linked Open Data in the legal domain

Legal information and e-government, e-democracy and e-participation:

  • Free access to law by government and non-state actors
  • Facilitating community access to legal information
  • E-government, e-democracy and e-justice
  • Global development and state of implementation of legal standards
  • E-government and access to legal information
  • E-democracy and access to legal information
  • Tools for supporting democratic participation and opportunities for digital democracy

Legal information for e-business and the legal professionals:

  • Legal issues of open data and law & society
  • Freedom of information
  • Open data
  • Data protection & privacy
  • Data Governance
  • IP law
  • Data sovereignty
    Responsibility and liability for the quality of data
  • Digital preservation for legal documents
  • Privacy and data protection, access to and dissemination of legal information

Abstracts presenting innovative projects, experience, initiatives or services with a strong collaborative cross-border or international dimension are preferred.

During the two days conference, speakers will discuss how scholars, researchers, legal practioners and information professionals use very large or complex data sets to distill meaning and develop public policy.


Submission of abstracts & papers – 1st phase: 30 September 2023, 2nd phase: 15 October 2023

Reviews: ongoing
Notification of acceptance – 1st phase: 10 October 2023, 2nd phase: 25 October 2023
Draft papers: 5 November 2023, final papers: 30 November 2023

Programme Chairs

Erich Schweighofer & Stefan Eder