Legal Ontology Engineering

Methodologies, Modelling Trends, and the Ontology of Professional Judicial Knowledge

  • Núria Casellas

Part of the Law, Governance and Technology Series book series (LGTS, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Núria Casellas
    Pages 1-16
  3. Núria Casellas
    Pages 17-55
  4. Núria Casellas
    Pages 109-169
  5. Núria Casellas
    Pages 241-255
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 295-297

About this book


Enabling information interoperability, fostering legal knowledge usability and reuse, enhancing legal information search, in short, formalizing the complexity of  legal knowledge to enhance legal knowledge management are challenging tasks, for which different solutions and lines of research have been proposed.

During the last decade, research and applications based on the use of legal ontologies as a technique to represent legal knowledge has raised a very interesting debate about their capacity and limitations to represent conceptual structures in the legal domain. Making conceptual legal knowledge explicit would support the development of a web of legal knowledge, improve communication, create trust and enable and support open data, e-government and e-democracy activities. Moreover, this explicit knowledge is also relevant to the formalization of software agents and the shaping of virtual institutions and multi-agent systems or environments.

This book explores the use of ontologism in legal knowledge representation for semantically-enhanced legal knowledge systems or web-based applications. In it, current methodologies, tools and languages used for ontology development are revised, and the book includes an exhaustive revision of existing ontologies in the legal domain. The development of the Ontology of Professional Judicial Knowledge (OPJK) is presented as a case study.


AI AI and Law Artificial Intelligence Comparative Law E-Administration E-Courts E-Governance Judicial Knowledge Lawful Interaction Legal Databases Legal Knowledge Legal Knowledge Engineering Legal Knowledge Representation Legal Knowledge Systems Legal Ontologies Legal Semantic Web Legal Semantics Legal Support Multilingual-Legal-Information-System OPJK Ontologies Ontology Ontology Design Ontology Development Ontology Modelling Ontology of Professional Judicial Knowledge Semantic Metadata Semantic Web Semantically-enhanced Social Ontology Thesaurus

Authors and affiliations

  • Núria Casellas
    • 1
  1. 1., Institute of Law and TechnologyUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBellaterraSpain

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