Artificial Intelligence and Law

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 359–378

Ontologies of Professional Legal Knowledge as the Basis for Intelligent IT Support for Judges


    • Intelligent Software Components (iSOCO)
  • J. Contreras
    • Intelligent Software Components (iSOCO)
  • P. Casanovas
    • Department of Political ScienceAutonomous University of Barcelona
  • M. Ayuso
    • Department of Statistics and EconometricsUniversity of Barcelona
  • M. Becue
    • Department of Statistics and Operational ResearchPolytechnical University of Catalonia
  • L. Lemus
    • Intelligent Software Components (iSOCO)
  • C. Urios
    • Department of Political ScienceAutonomous University of Barcelona

DOI: 10.1007/s10506-005-4159-9

Cite this article as:
Benjamins, V.R., Contreras, J., Casanovas, P. et al. Artif Intell Law (2004) 12: 359. doi:10.1007/s10506-005-4159-9


In this paper, we describe the use of legal ontologies as a basis to improve IT support for professional judges. As opposed to most legal ontologies designed so far, which are mostly based on dogmatic and normative knowledge, we emphasize the importance of professional knowledge and experience as an important pillar for constructing the ontology. We describe an intelligent FAQ system for junior judges that intensively use the ontology.


OntologiesSemantic WebJudgesFAQ

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