Mon 6 – Wed 8 November 2023, Juridicum, Vienna
Erich Schweighofer (University of Vienna), Stefan Eder (Cybly + Benn-Ibler Rechtsanwälte)
(work in progress)
WELCOME TO LVI 2023
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.
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 authorative legal text corpora for the various jurisdictions. Still, a lot of work has to be done, in particular in emerging economies and developing countries.
The main topic of the conference will be: “Challenges and opportunities for free access to law, including those posed by generative AI/large language models”.
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.
Authors are invited to submit abstracts on a broad spectrum of research topics (see CfP).
Erich Schweighofer, University of Vienna and Stefan Eder, Benn-Ibler Law Firm & Cybly LawTech
The venue – City of Vienna
Vienna is Austria’s most populous city with nearly 2 million inhabitants. Besides being the
capital of Austria, after the fall of the Iron Curtain it has regained its previous position as the
most important metropolitan area in Central Europe and the Danube river area.
Well-known for its very high living quality, its UNESCO heritage sights, its many world class
monuments and sights, its musical legacy, its painters and writers, the high reputation of its
universities etc. It is one of the most important cities to visit in Europe, in particular the historic
centre of Vienna, rich in architecture (Baroque palaces and gardens, and late-19th-century
Ringstraße with the City Hall, the University, the Burgtheater, New Hofburg, Museums, Palaces,
the Parliament etc. etc.
Vienna is the centre of a very prosperous economic region (in very close vicinity to Bratislava),
host of major international organisations, including the United Nations, OPEC and the OSCE. It
is also a very important student town, with over 100 000 students and over 10 universities, spread
over the city area.
Vienna is well connected world-wide with its airport Vienna International Wien Schwechat and
its access to the network of railways, motorways and ship lines.
University of Vienna, Juridicum, Arbeitsgruppe Rechtsinformatik (Centre for
Computers and Law)
Facts and figures
A university steeped in history and knowledge creator of a global city
Founded by Duke Rudolph IV in 1365 as the Alma Mater Rudolphina Vindobonensis
One of the oldest and largest universities in Europe
Opening of the historic Main Building of the University in the heart of Vienna’s city
centre in 1884
More than 60 locations in Vienna
Host of more than 1,000 events and 350 international conferences
More info: University of Vienna (univie.ac.at)
The Juridicum is the law faculty of the University of Vienna. It is the oldest and largest law
faculty in the German-speaking area. Law has been researched and taught here for over six
centuries. More than 10,000 students are now looked after by around 600 employees.
More info (in German): Fakultät (univie.ac.at)
History of the Faculty of Law (in German)
Arbeitsgruppe Rechtsinformatik, Juridicum, Universität Wien
Since 1988 Prof. Mag. Dr. Dr. Erich Schweighofer, has intensively taught, researched and
practiced legal informatics (for historical reasons located at the Institute for International Law,
now Institute of European, International and Comparative Law).
The research and teaching group (project-financed) firms under the name „Arbeitsgruppe
Rechtsinformatik, Juridicum, Universität Wien“ („Centre for Computers and Law, Juridicum,
University of Vienna) is operative since 1990, formally established in 1995.
For legal reasons, the working group has been identical with the Rechtsinformatik.ACADEMY
of the Vienna Center for Legal Informatics since 2020. Since Prof. Schweighofer’s leave for
working at the European Commission, he has been the chairman of the board of the working
group (Dr. Eder is also a very active member of the Board).
Management is in the hands of the team, especially Managing Scientists Felix Schmautzer and
Jonas Pfister (before for nearly 3 years: Dr. Jakob Zanol.) Supervisory functions are performed in
particular by the Board, the Institute for European Law, International Law and Comparative Law,
the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna and the Research Service of the
University of Vienna.
Prof. Schweighofer continues to perform teaching and research tasks in accordance with
Commission Decision C(2018) 4048 final of the European Commission; his commitment within
these constraints remains an indispensable contribution to the activities of the Legal Informatics
working group and the well-established and largest Legal Informatics Conference in Central
Europe, the International Legal Informatics Symposium (iris-conferences.eu).
More info: Team (univie.ac.at); https://wzri.eu; https://iris-conferences.eu
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