Special Issue on The Semantic Web for the Legal Domain - Guest Editors’ Editorial: The Next Step

Semantic Web Journal Volume 7, Number 3 (2016): 213-227

13 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2016

See all articles by Pompeu Casanovas

Pompeu Casanovas

La Trobe Law School; Autonomous University of Barcelona - IDT

Monica Palmirani

University of Bologna - CIRSFID

Silvio Peroni

University of Bologna - Department of Computer Science

Tom van Engers

University of Amsterdam

Fabio Vitali

University of Bologna - Department of Computer Science

Date Written: March 15, 2016

Abstract

Ontology-driven systems with reasoning capabilities in the legal field are now better understood. Legal concepts are not discrete, but make up a dynamic continuum between common sense terms, specific technical use, and professional knowledge, in an evolving institutional reality. Thus, the tension between a plural understanding of regulations and a more general understanding of law is bringing into view a new landscape in which general legal frameworks — grounded in well-known legal theories stemming from 20th-century c. legal positivism or sociological jurisprudence — is made compatible with specific forms of rights management on the Web. In this sense, Semantic Web tools are not only being designed for information retrieval, classification, clustering, and knowledge management. They can also be understood as regulatory tools, i.e. as components of the contemporary legal architecture, to be used by multiple stakeholders — front-line practitioners, policy-makers, legal drafters, companies, market agents, and citizens. That is the issue broadly addressed in this Special Issue on the Semantic Web for the Legal Domain, over-viewing the work carried out over the last fifteen years, and seeking to foster new research in this field, beyond the state of the art.

Keywords: Semantic Web for the Legal Domain, Ontologies, Linked Data, Semantic Web and its applications, Regulations, Rights

JEL Classification: D83, G18, H11, K10, K19, O30, O31, O31, O32, O34, O38

Suggested Citation

Casanovas, Pompeu and Palmirani, Monica and Peroni, Silvio and van Engers, Tom and Vitali, Fabio, Special Issue on The Semantic Web for the Legal Domain - Guest Editors’ Editorial: The Next Step (March 15, 2016). Semantic Web Journal Volume 7, Number 3 (2016): 213-227, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2765912

Pompeu Casanovas (Contact Author)

La Trobe Law School ( email )

La Trobe University
Bundoora, VIC 3083 3142
Australia

Autonomous University of Barcelona - IDT ( email )

Institute of Law and Technology
Faculty of Law, Cerdanyola del Valles
Barcelona, Barcelona 08193
Spain
34-93-581 2235 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://idt.uab.cat

Monica Palmirani

University of Bologna - CIRSFID ( email )

via Galliera 3
Bologna, BO 40121
Italy

Silvio Peroni

University of Bologna - Department of Computer Science ( email )

Bologna
Italy

Tom Van Engers

University of Amsterdam ( email )

Spui 21
Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

Fabio Vitali

University of Bologna - Department of Computer Science ( email )

Bologna
Italy

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
86
Abstract Views
833
rank
362,041
PlumX Metrics