Artificial Intelligence and law

The law is a societally important and scientifically rich and challenging application domain of artificial intelligence. Much of my research in this field has been on computational models of legal argumentation. Early work was my my 1997 book (a revised and extended version of my 1993 PhD thesis). Subsequently I developed with Giovanni Sartor a logic for rule-based legal argumentation [Prakken & Sartor 1996]. In this logic the standards for comparing arguments are also debatable. Other topics I have studied are Dialogue game models of legal procedures; see, for instance, my AI & Law Journal article on A formal model of adjudication dialogues and an application of this model in a case study; and Formal modelling of burdens of proof, with Giovanni Sartor, applying our argumentation logic in the context of my work on dialogue models of legal procedure; see e.g. our ICAIL-2007 and JURIX-2011 papers.

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Vincent Aleven Kevin Ashley Katie Atkinson Trevor Bench-Capon Floris Bex Karl Branting Tom van Engers Tom Gordon Guido Governatori Matthias Grabmair Jaap Hage John Horty Jeroen Keppens Daniel Katz Ron Loui ThorneMcCarty Dory Reiling Edwina Rissland Giovanni Sartor Marek Sergot Burkhard Schaefer Harry Surden Bart Verheij Radboud Winkels Adam Wyner