Kooperation / Co-operation – digitale Ausgabe zum Tagungsband des 18. Internationalen Rechtsinformatik Symposions IRIS 2015.
Also this year, the proceedings of the International Legal Informatics Symposium IRIS are not only published as a book, but also digitally, in form of this special edition of Jusletter IT. The general theme of this year’s symposium, which is already the 18th, is «co-operation». This puts a very important but subtle development in the legal system into the focus. In the knowledge society the state is a very important regulator in the legal system, but far from being the only one. Civil society is increasingly taking things into its own hand or would at least want to participate substantially.
Democratic legal systems require the co-operation between the people (from which the law emanates), the stakeholders, the government and also the providers of legal services. The information and knowledge society with its pursuit of digital fundamental rights requires from jurists a fundamental rethinking: Higher efficiency and lower costs are an important aim of the jurisprudence in the 21st century. This development is subtle but sustainable and legal informatics is at its core, because the knowledge network is changing significantly.
This development leads towards the use of as many sources of knowledge as possible, increasing the importance of research, e-discovery and (semi)automatic analysis of the sources. Thereby the legal system becomes more effective and more efficient as well. The future of jurists depends on how they meet this challenge.
As usual this special edition of Jusletter IT on IRIS 2015 comprises new scientific findings as well as contributions on practical problems and practical applications of legal informatics, mainly from the following fields:
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For the first time, the papers peer reviewed by the jury of the LexisNexis Best Paper Award and the top-10 papers are indicated in Jusletter IT. We would like to thank the members of jury, Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Christian Bergauer, ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dietmar Jahnel, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Mader, Assoc.-Prof. DI Mag. Dr. Michael Sonntag, ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. DDr. Erich Schweighofer sowie Univ.-Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Staudegger.
Subscribers can now find the articles of Jusletter IT – the magazine for IT and Law – also in the Weblaw AP. The App can be downloaded for Android (via Google play) and Apple (via App Store), in separate versions for tablets and smartphones respectively.
We hope that the proceedings of the 18th International Legal Informatics Symposium IRIS, in printed and electronic form, will find as much interest as those of previous years!
Vienna and Bern, February 2015
Erich Schweighofer, Franz Kummer and Walter Hötzendorfer