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N. 7 - 16 giu 2010
ISSN 2037-4801

International info   a cura di Cecilia Migali

Tecnologia

Law & Ai : the 4th worldwide workshop

Fiesole (Florence) will host on 7 July 2010 the 4th workshop on legal ontologies and artificial intelligence techniques (Loait) promoted by Cnr Ittig and Ilc. The Loait workshop aims to offer an overview of theories and well-founded applications that combine legal ontologies and artificial intelligence (Ai) techniques, with regard both to theories and implementations. The management of legal information has been over the last years significantly influenced by approaches from artificial intelligence. In particular, legal reasoning, advanced semantic and cross-language legal information retrieval, legal drafting and document classification, have proved to be fertile areas where ontologies are successfully applied. The first three editions of the Loait workshop were held in conjunction with Icail conference ('05 -Bologna), ('07-San Francisco), ('09 -Barcelona), provided a valuable opportunity for researchers and practitioners in artificial intelligence and law to discuss problems, exchange information and compare perspectives on legal ontologies and their automatic use.

Ontology learning approaches for the legal domain were recently discussed in the Lrec 2008 workshop on 'Semantic processing of legal texts', and selected contributions will be published in a Springer volume (Francesconi E., Montemagni S., Peters W., Tiscornia D. (eds.). These results pointed, and still do, at an increasing interest of the larger Ai&Law community in the study and the use of legal ontologies.

This Loait edition will deal  legal knowledge modelling focusing on ontologies for legal concepts description (deontic/normative notions as well as domain concepts). Legal knowledge modelling addresses key issues related to the support of legal reasoning. Here, ontologies play the role of a shared vocabulary or of a (formal) conceptualisation of legal notions. These ontologies often stand in the tradition of legal theory and philosophy, but may be grounded in common sense as well. Roles of legal ontologies will be discussed as regards different applications as multilingual document annotation and drafting, multilingual legal information retrieval, legal reasoning, case-based reasoning, legal assessment, legal concepts comparison and harmonization as well as ontology learning. The ways in which ontologies are developed and used (as either bottom-up or top-down) will be addressed as well.

The workshop is a valuable opportunity for researchers and practitioners in Ai, Ai&Law, legal ontologies and related fields to discuss problems, exchange information and compare perspectives.

 

Fonte: Daniela Tiscornia, Istituto di teoria e tecniche dell'informazione giuridica, Roma, email tiscornia@ittig.cnr.it

Fonte: Enrico Francesconi, Istituto di teoria e tecniche dell'informazione giuridica, Roma, tel. 39 06 49910 665, email francesconi@ittig.cnr.it

Per saperne di più: - www.ittig.cnr.it/loait/loait10.html