Artificial Intelligence and Law

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 79–107 | Cite as

No smoking here: values, norms and culture in multi-agent systems

  • Francien Dechesne
  • Gennaro Di TostoEmail author
  • Virginia Dignum
  • Frank Dignum


We use the example of the introduction of the anti-smoking legislation to model the relationship between the cultural make-up, in terms of values, of societies and the acceptance of and compliance with norms. We present two agent-based simulations and discuss the challenge of modeling sanctions and their relation to values and culture.


Norm acceptance Values Culture Multi-agent simulation 



This work was partially supported by the European Complexity-Net ( through the SEMIRA project ( with funding from the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francien Dechesne
    • 1
  • Gennaro Di Tosto
    • 2
    Email author
  • Virginia Dignum
    • 1
  • Frank Dignum
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Technology, Policy and ManagementTU DelftDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Information and Computing SciencesUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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