Law and the Semantic Web

Legal Ontologies, Methodologies, Legal Information Retrieval, and Applications

  • V. Richard Benjamins
  • Pompeu Casanovas
  • Joost Breuker
  • Aldo Gangemi

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3369)

Also part of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence book sub series (LNAI, volume 3369)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Context of the Book

    1. V. Richard Benjamins, Pompeu Casanovas, Joost Breuker, Aldo Gangemi
      Pages 1-17
    2. Ramón Álvarez, Mercedes Ayuso, Mónica Bécue
      Pages 25-35
  3. Theoretical Papers: Legal Ontologies and Methodologies

    1. Joost Breuker, André Valente, Radboud Winkels
      Pages 36-64
    2. Andre Valente
      Pages 65-76
    3. Jos Lehmann, Joost Breuker, Bob Brouwer
      Pages 77-96
    4. Aldo Gangemi, Maria-Teresa Sagri, Daniela Tiscornia
      Pages 97-124
    5. Guido Boella, Leonardo Lesmo, Rossana Damiano
      Pages 125-141
    6. Oscar Corcho, Mariano Fernández-López, Asunción Gómez-Pérez, Angel López-Cima
      Pages 142-157
  4. Practice Papers: Information Retrieval and Applications

  5. Back Matter

About this book


by Roberto Cencioni At the Lisbon Summit in March 2000, European heads of state and government set a new goal for the European Union — to become the most competitive knowled- based society in the world by 2010. As part of this objective, ICT (information and communication technologies) services should become available for every citizen, and for all schools, homes and businesses. The book you have in front of you is about Semantic Web technology and law. Law is something omnipresent; all citizens — at some points in their lives — have to deal with it. In addition, law involves a large group of professionals, and is a mul- billion business world wide. Information technology is important because it that can improve citizens’ interaction with law, as well as improve legal professionals’ work environment. Legal professionals dedicate a significant amount of their time to finding, reading, analyzing and synthesizing information in order to take decisions, and prepare advice and trials, among other tasks. As part of the “Semantic-Based Knowledge and Content Systems” Strategic Objective, the European Commission is funding projects to construct technology to make the Semantic Web vision come true. 1 The articles in this book are related to two current foci of the Strategic Objective : • Knowledge acquisition and modelling, capturing knowledge from raw information and multimedia content in webs and other distributed repositories to turn poorly structured information into machi- processable knowledge.


AI and law DOM Web-based legal information management decision making information management jurisdiction knowledge engineering law legal informatics legal ontologies legal service providers ontologies semantic Web trusted knowledge

Editors and affiliations

  • V. Richard Benjamins
    • 1
  • Pompeu Casanovas
    • 2
  • Joost Breuker
    • 3
  • Aldo Gangemi
    • 4
  1. 1.iSOCOSpain
  2. 2.Institute of Law and TechnologyUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBellaterra, BarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Leibniz Center for LawUniversity of Amsterdam 
  4. 4.Institute for Cognitive Sciences and TechnologyItalian Research Council (ISTC-CNR)RomeItaly

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