Sixth International Workshop on
Requirements Engineering and Law

In conjunction with the
21st IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference

Rio de Janeiro, Brasil Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Special Track: Convergent Callenges

Special Track: Convergent Challenges
in Legal Requirements Analysis and Modeling

Join us to celebrate the 6th Annual IEEE Requirements Engineering & Law Workshop (RELAW) with a special track, entitled "Convergent Challenges in Legal Requirements Analysis and Modeling."

To participate in the special track, industry practitioners and researchers are invited to: (1) review our legal text excerpt; and (2) demonstrate how their methods, tools and techniques in requirements analysis and modeling can be used to identify and address technical problems concerning the legal text. The aim of this exercise is to compare approaches, identify strengths and gaps in the state-of-the-art, foster new collaborations within the research community, propose benchmarks, and generally challenge our community to advance our research agenda.

Approaches can span a range of perspectives from business processes and requirements to system architecture and verification.

Suggested structure for the extended abstract should be:

  • Section 1: Describe the user of your approach, including any relationships to other actors (e.g., lawyers, software architects, etc.) and the pre-requisite knowlegde, training or perspective that the user would have before applying this approach.
  • Section 2: Describe the discrete steps of your approach, illustrating each step with references to the legal text excerpt and corresponding examples from your approach.
  • Section 3: Please answer the following questions:
    • What are the research challenges that are addressed by your approach?
    • Are there benefits of your approach that could not be demonstrated with this excerpt?
    • What are the limitations, and what are the unaddressed research challenges that you would like to address in the future?
    • What evaluation and validation exists to date? For example, what laws have this approach been applied to, was this done in prior case studies or experiments, and so on.
    • Briefly describe any tool support, if it exists?

Authors are encouraged to allocate no more than one-half page to Section 1, and they may allocate the remaining space to Sections 2 and 3 at their choosing, i.e., to be more explicit about their approach and the examples, or to spend more time discussing answers to the questions. References to prior work can be used to add more context or to elaborate, but references should not be used to supplement the demonstration in Section 2.

Accepted abstracts will be presented in a special one and half hour workshop session that includes active discussants and audience participation. Extended abstracts and summary discussions from the session will be invited for publication in an official post-proceedings.

Download the legal excerpt, here.

Submission Instructions

Extended abstracts must be 2-4 pages and formatted according to the IEEE Conference Publishing Services formatting instructions (see the Microsoft Word and Latex document templates) and submitted electronically in Adobe PDF format to the EasyChair service:

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: 31 May 2013 2 June 2013 (extended)
Notification Deadline: 3-4 days after submission deadline

Special Track Organizers

Travis Breaux, Carnegie Mellon University
Anna Perini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Silvia Ingolfo, University of Trento