Academic Activities

Call for Papers——the 4th International Forum on Computational Law


On the occasion of the 110th Anniversary of Tsinghua University, Tsinghua University Law School, together with the Institute for Studies on Artificial Intelligence Law of Tsinghua University (THUIAIL), are delighted to invite international submissions for the110th Anniversary Tsinghua University Think Tank Forum: the 4th International Forum on Computational Law (4th IFCL): Data Governance and Legal Tech.The 4th IFCL will be held on September 25-26, 2021, at the Conference Hall, Law Library Building, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

The main forum of the 4th IFCL aims to prioritize data governance with the increasing importance of data value in the era of rapid development of legal tech. For further investigating the application and research of data and legal tech, sub-forums will devote to the discussions on critical issues in four topics:Personal Information Protection and Utilization, Data Assets and Data Exchange, Smart Contracts and Digital Currency, and Natural Language Processing (NLP) in Legal Practices. Through the academic and industry discussions, the 4thIFCL wishes to keep the balance between values and interests while promoting the interaction between legal and tech.

Participation in the Forum is open to researchers and practitioners with diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to scholars, policymakers, entrepreneurs, lawyers, doctors and technologist.


Participants are invited to submit abstracts (800 words) on topics including but are not limited to:

Research onData Governanceand Legal Tech

Discussion of Computational Law in Field ofPersonal Information Protection and Utilization, Data Assets and Data Exchange, Smart Contracts and Digital Currency, and NLP in Legal Practices


Main Forum: Data Governance and Legal Tech

Information Technology and the Transformation of the Legal Order

Computer & Information Technology and New Development in Legal Methodology

Innovations in Big Data Governance and Their Development Pathsfrom the Perspective of Comparative law

Big Data Governance and Compliance Response from a Security Perspective

The Balance between Data Flow and Personal Information Protection

Data Integration and Data Security

Data Governance and Compliance of Technology Companies

Studies of the Legal Issues of Web Data Crawling

Sub Forum 1: Personal Information Protection and Utilization

Conceptual Distinctions and Relationships between Information and Data

Protection and Utilization of Personal Information as a new Factor of Production

The Systematic Integration of Personal Information Protection Law and Contract Law

Legitimate Basis for Processing of Personal Information

The System of Rights of Information Subjects

Security Obligations of Controllers/ Processors

Legal Responsibilities of Controllers/ Processors

Typical Case Studies on the Personal Information Protection

Sub Forum 2: Data Assets and Data Exchange

The Establishment of A Data Market

Techniques and Rules for Data Ownership and Related Rights

Data Sharing Rules among Enterprises

Rules for Open Government Data

Tax Systems for Data Resources

Anti-monopoly Regulations of Data Utilization

Management and Exchange of Data Assets

Typical Case Studies of Data Development and Utilization

Sub Forum 3: Smart Contracts and Digital Currency

Smart Contracts and A New Paradigm for the Rule of Law

Smart Contracts andComputable Legal Theory

Influence of Smart Contracts on Traditional Private Law

Digital Currency System and Exchange Regulations

Studying Smart Contracts from the Contract Law Perspective

Smart Contracts and Enterprise Compliance Risk Management

Designs and Application Scenarios of Smart Contracts

Applications and Legal Issues of Blockchain in International Trade

Sub Forum 4: Natural Language Processing (NLP) in Legal Practice

Definitions and Applications of NLP in Legal Practice

Methods of Legal Data Annotation and Dataset Construction

Exploring Applications of Legal Text Classification in the Legal Field

Building A Legal Knowledge Graph (LKG)

Techniques of Legal Information Retrieval

Surveys on Legal Text Summarization

Analysis of Approaches in Applications of Artificial Intelligence in the Judiciary System

Applications of Deep Neural Networks in Legal Information Retrieval

Automatic Judgment Prediction: Legal Question Answering System and Machine Learning (ML)


Abstract Submission: July 23, 2021

Notification of Acceptance: July 31, 2021

Completed Paper Submission: August 31, 2021

Conference: September 25-26, 2021

For any further questions regarding the 4thIFCL, please contact us via


If you are interested in attending the 4thIFCL, please submit a title, an abstract (no less than 800 words) of your speech and a personal profile via email July 23, 2021.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed for those selected to present their work on the 4thIFCL.

We are also going to host a virtual forum on September 25-26 due to the possible travel restrictions

We are very much looking forward to receiving your submissions and seeing you in the 4thIFCL.