Artificial Intelligence and law

The law is an important and scientifically challenging application domain of argumentation. Much of my research in this field has been on the logical aspects of reasoning with defeasible rules (statutory rules but also case rationales or rules from other sources). Read, for instance, my book (a revised and extended version of my PhD thesis). Since legal reasoning often takes place in an adversarial context, I have (with Giovanni Sartor) developed a logic for dialectically constructing and comparing conflicting arguments [Prakken & Sartor 1996]. And since lawyers can disagree about anything, in our system even the standards for comparing arguments are debatable. In [Prakken & Sartor 1998] we used our system in a formalisation of HYPO-style analogical reasoning with precedents.

My current work in AI and Law focuses on three themes.

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