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Current Research Issues in Legal Informatics - June 30, 2011

It is our pleasure to host this distinguished lecture by Prof. Maximilian Herberger, University of Saarland. The lecture will be followed by a reception. Please feel free to forward this invitation

Date: June 30, 2011
Time: 16:00
Venue: Salle Paul Feidert, Campus Kirchberg

Abstract: The lecture will focus on some ongoing projects in order to characterize the practical understanding of legal informatics as it is researched in Saarbrücken. The first project comprises several quality control mechanisms for the collection of German laws on the internet not implemented in the federal production system. The second project is a cooperative project with the International Criminal Court. It has led to a system managing all evidence needed in the Office of the Prosecutor. The research background for this system is a methodology of knowledge representation in legal workflows. The third project is based on the idea of event driven process chains (a paradigm prominent in Saarbrücken business informatics) and enhances it to a concept of legally augmented event driven process chains. Here the basic assumption is that no workflow can be conceived without taking into account legal parameters influencing the workflow. Once these legal parameters enter the “workflow scene” the maintenance of the system becomes a crucial issue as legal parameters are not stable but subject to permanent change. Hence the system integrating these legal parameters into a workflow has to assure a continuous update procedure for the relevant legal elements (“Aktualitätenmanagement”). All three projects can be seen as related to a broad security concept: It is only safe to consult an online law text if the quality of this text is assured. An inquiry in criminal matters is secure only if the layout of the information system excludes to a high degree the possibility of ignoring relevant information. A legally enhanced workflow must – for safety reasons – ensure the validity of the legal steering components.

Prof. Maximilian Herberger (born 25th of November, 1946) graduated in Law at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University, Germany (1979).  He became a Researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for European History of Law in Frankfurt, completed his PhD in Law in 1982 with a thesis on “Normstruktur und Normklarheit” and practised actively as a lawyer.  In 1983 he acquired the right to teach as a Professor with the study “Dogmatik. Zur Geschichte von Begriff und Methode in Medizin und Jurisprudenz”. After having lectured in Frankfurt, Montpellier, Berkeley, Münster, Berlin and Osnabrück he was appointed Professor in Civil Law, Theory of Law and Computing in the Law at the University of Saarland in 1988.  He has been the Director of the Institute of Informatics and Law (IFRI) since its establishment in 1991 (  A core activity of the Institute is the Law Web Saarbrücken (, an internet-based portal and forum for Law.  Co-operations have been established with a number of institutions such as the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht), the Court of Justice of the European Union, the International Criminal Court, and the German legal information system juris. Since its foundation, he has been the President of the “EDV-Gerichtstag” (, the German Association for Computing in the Judiciary.  Professor Herberger is the current editor of JurPC, an Internet Journal on Legal Informatics and Information Law  (, and is active in lecturing, research and consultancy in the field of Computing and Law, specialising particularly in security aspects. Furthermore, Prof. Herberger is a member of the “Legal Tools External Expert Advisory Group (LTEAG)” of the International Criminal Court in The Hague (, “Professeur associé” at University of Luxemburg ( and chairman of the board of the “European Ejustice Academy” (