3rd ACM Symposium on Computer Science and Law
March 12-13, 2024 Boston, MA USA

3rd ACM Symposium on Computer Science and Law March 12 – 13, 2024, Boston, MA USA The 3rd ACM Symposium on Computer Science and Law is soliciting submissions of both original research papers and systematizations of knowledge (SoKs). Submissions are expected to take a holistic, interdisciplinary approach. To be of interest, proposed solutions should not simply apply computer science to law or apply legal analysis to computer – related technologies; r ather, they should integrate the two disciplines in a way that surpasses what either could accomplish by itself. SoKs are papers that evaluate, systematize, and contextualize existing knowledge, often providing important new viewpoints, challenging long – he ld beliefs, or devising useful taxonomies. SoK contributions that present, discuss and compare educational methodologies in the nexus of CS and Law are welcome as well.

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The prevalence of sophisticated computation and massive data collection has created a growing need for research that combines deep understanding of the power and the limitations of computing with expertise in multiple aspects of law. Indeed, recent years have seen multiple venues for disseminating such research. These include, among others, the Symposium on the Foundations of Responsible Computing, the ACM Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and Society, the ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency, the 2020 Simons Institute Workshop on Algorithm Design, Law, and Policy, and the 2020 DIMACS workshop on Co – Development of Computer Science and Law.

The Computer Science and Law Symposium (whose first and second meetings took place in 2019 and 2022, respectively) seeks to build a community of scholars, as well as lawyers and computing professionals, who are fluent both in computational thinking and its rigorous mathematical formalisms, and in legal scholarship and thought with its equally rigorous yet human centric set of principles, methodologies and goals. Central to the study
of “computer science and law” is the creation of a body of scholarship aimed towards the co – design of law and computing technology to further society.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or accepted for publication or that are simultaneously submitted and under review by a conference or workshop with published proceedings. Simultaneous submission of substantially expanded versions to refereed journals is permitted. For example, authors of papers submitted to law reviews in the August 2023, window may submit10-page versions of those papers to CSLAW’24. Similarly, authors may simultaneously submit 10-page papers to CSLAW’24 and substantially expanded versions of those papers to journals in ComputerScience and other disciplines.

All submitted papers will be evaluated based on their merits, particularly the extent to which their contributions are truly interdisciplinary. For papers that might raise ethical concerns, authors are expected to convince reviewers that proper procedures (such as IRB approval or responsible disclosure)have been followed and that due diligence has been done to minimize potential harm. Submitted papers may be rejected, at the discretion of the PC chairs, for being out of scope. Authors who have questions about whether their papers are in scope are encouraged to ask the PC chairs in advance.

Submission instructions:The submission should begin with a title, followed by the names, affiliations and contact information of all authors, and a short abstract. It should contain a scholarly exposition of ideas, techniques, and results, including motivation and a clear comparison with related work.Submissions should be in PDF format,US letter size, single column, 11 point text with margins comparable to the Latex full page format.While there is no limit to the number of pages in a submission, the first 10pages (excluding the title page and the references) should include sufficient information to evaluate the submission.In particular, reviewers will be expected to readonly the first 10pages. Additional pages can be read at the reviewer’s discretion.

At least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend in order to present the paper and is expected to participate actively in the symposium

Proceedings information

A 10-page version of the accepted papers will be included in the symposium proceedings. The proceedings will be published in digital form only and made available in open-access mode at no cost to authors.

Lightning talks

There will be “lightning-talk” sessions in which participants give very short talks on material that will not be published in the proceedings. Suitable topics include (but are not limited to)very recent or partial results, open problems, and announcements of computer science and law events and opportunities. Lightning-talk submissions will be due shortly before the symposium dates, and submission instructions will be posted on the symposium website at that time.

Program Committee

Symposium proceedings will be published in digital form only in the ACM Digital Library, and the papers will be accessible for free via an ACM OpenTOC posted on the Symposium website.  At least one author of each paper is required to attend in order to present the paper and is expected to participate actively in the symposium.  Presenters may attend remotely.