[DL] Call: Special issue of AI&Law on Legal Ontologies

Aldo Gangemi gangemi at www.ip.rm.cnr.it
Mon Oct 28 18:51:28 CET 2002

Apologies for cross-posting


Call for contributions

For a SPECIAL ISSUE of the
Artificial Intelligence and Law Journal (Kluwer), on

(Aldo Gangemi (ISTC/CNR), Daniela Tiscornia (ITTIG/CNR), Italy, guest editors)


Legal ontologies are an important and fruitful field of research for people
working in legal information systems. They are also an interesting topic
for scientists who traditionally do not belong to the AI and Law Community,
such as those who develop standards, ontologies, or methodologies for 
exchange (as in Semantic Web initiatives), as well as those studying the social
behaviour of electronic agents and of multiple agents interaction, 
will find this
topic of interest.
However, the definition of the components and basic features of an ontology for
law still needs solid theoretical grounds, which should be acceptable for
legal philosophers and theorists. The aim of the issue is to provide an
investigation of the state of the art in the field, and to collect 
from different perspectives and from various experienced experts, with the goal
of identifying an international community aimed at reaching a common 
Authors are strongly encouraged to present extended examples illustrating how
their ontologies are used.

As pointers to some previous or current initiatives in the field, the Legont
Workshops [http://www.lri.jur.uva.nl/jurix2001/legont2001.htm] and the
LegOntoWeb Working Group within the OntoWeb IST Thematic Network
[http://ontology.ip.rm.cnr.it/legontoweb.html] should be mentioned.

Topics of interest may include:


Ontologies for general legal concepts
Ontologies for specific legal domains
Applications of legal ontologies
Reasoning with legal ontologies
Languages and tools for representing legal ontologies


NLP techniques for legal ontology learning
Ontologies and legal metadata standards


Ontological characterization of norms and norm dynamics
Ontology of legal persons and institutions
Reality and the Law
Epistemology vs. ontology in the legal domain
Ontological treatment of legal open-textured concepts
Ontologies for ethical concepts and specific domains of professional ethics


Contributions should be submitted via e-mail to one of the two editors by
March 30, 2003.

Aldo Gangemi
Laboratory for Applied Ontology
ISTC-CNR (Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione)
Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council
Viale Marx 15
00137 Roma Italy
tel +39.06.86090249
fax +39.06.824737

Daniela Tiscornia
ITTIG-CNR (Istituto di Teoria e Tecniche dell'Informazione Giuridica)
Institute of Legal Information Theory and Technologies, National 
Research Council
via Panciatichi, 56/16
50127 Firenze Italy
tel +39.055.4399632
fax +39.055.4221637

Aldo Gangemi
Research Scientist
Laboratory for Applied Ontology
ISTC-CNR (Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione)
Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, C.N.R.
Viale Marx 15, 00137
Roma Italy
+3906.824737 (fax)
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