DEON 2012

11th International Conference on Deontic Logic in Computer Science
16-18 July 2012, University of Bergen, Norway

The biennial DEON conferences are designed to promote interdisciplinary cooperation amongst scholars interested in linking the formal-logical study of normative concepts and normative systems with computer science, artificial intelligence, philosophy, organization theory and law.

In addition to these general themes, DEON2012 will encourage a special focus on the topic:

Deontic Logic and Social Choice

There have been nine previous DEON conferences: Amsterdam, December 1991; Oslo, January 1994; Sesimbra, January 1996; Bologna, January 1998; Toulouse, January 2000; London, May 2002; Madeira, May 2004; Utrecht, July 2006, Luxembourg, July 2008, Fiesole 2010.

Selected papers from the conference will be published in a special issues of Journal of Logic and Computation, and/or the Journal of Applied Logic

General Themes

The Program Committee invites papers concerned with the following topics:

  • the logical study of normative reasoning, including formal systems of deontic logic, defeasible normative reasoning, logics of action, logics of time, and other related areas of logic
  • the formal analysis of normative concepts and normative systems
  • the formal specification of aspects of norm-governed multi-agent systems and autonomous agents, including (but not limited to) the representation of rights, authorization, delegation, power, responsibility and liability
  • normative aspects of protocols for communication, negotiation and multi-agent decision making
  • the formal representation of legal knowledge
  • the formal specification of normative systems for the management of bureaucratic processes in public or private administration
  • applications of normative logic to the specification of database integrity constraints

Deontic Logic and Social Choice

DEON2012’s special theme is “Deontic Logic and Social Choice”. Topics of interest in this special theme include, but are not limited to:

  • Normative system selection and optimization
  • Merging and aggregation of norms
  • Compliance and enforcement strategies for norms
  • Game theoretic aspects of deontic reasoning
  • Norms, culture and and shared values
  • Violation detection and norm creation mechanisms
  • Simulation of dynamics in normative systems
  • Emergence of norms
  • Norm change

We welcome both theoretical work (formal models, representations, logics, specifications, verification) and implementation-oriented work (archi- tectures, programming languages, design models, simulations, prototype systems) on these specific topics.

Submission Details

Authors are invited to submit an original, previously unpublished, research paper pertaining to any of these topics. The paper should be in English, and should be no longer than 15 pages when formatted according the LNCS specifications. The first page should contain the full name and contact information for at least one of the authors, and it should contain an abstract of no more than ten lines. Authors should submit their papers electronically using the submission system at

Each submitted paper will be carefully peer-reviewed by a panel of PC member based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of exposition and relevance for the conference.

For each accepted paper, at least one author is required to register for the conference and should plan to present the paper.


The selected papers will be published in book form in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series (approval pending). Copies of the conference proceedings, will be provided to all participants.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline: March 15, 2012
Paper Submission Deadline: March 22, 2012
Notification: May 4, 2012
Camera Ready: May 13, 2012

Program Chairs

Thomas Agotnes, University of Bergen
Jan Broersen, Utrecht University
Dag Elgesem, University of Bergen