Approaches to Legal Ontologies

Theories, Domains, Methodologies

  • Giovanni Sartor
  • Pompeu Casanovas
  • Mariangela Biasiotti
  • Meritxell Fernández-Barrera

Part of the Law, Governance and Technology Series book series (LGTS, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Pompeu Casanovas, Giovanni Sartor, Maria Angela Biasiotti, Meritxell Fernández-Barrera
    Pages 1-14
  3. Meritxell Fernández-Barrera, Giovanni Sartor
    Pages 15-47
  4. Pompeu Casanovas, Núria Casellas, Joan-Josep Vallbé
    Pages 49-67
  5. Joost Breuker, Rinke Hoekstra
    Pages 69-81
  6. Maurizio Ferraris
    Pages 83-97
  7. Pierre Mazzega, Danièle Bourcier, Paul Bourgine, Nadia Nadah, Romain Boulet
    Pages 117-132
  8. Guido Boella, PierCarlo Rossi
    Pages 133-141
  9. Maria Angela Biasiotti, Daniela Tiscornia
    Pages 143-166
  10. Monica Palmirani, Luca Cervone, Fabio Vitali
    Pages 167-178
  11. Ángel Sancho Ferrer, Carlos Fernández Hernández, José Manuel Mateo Rivero
    Pages 179-200
  12. Aldo Gangemi, Valentina Presutti, Eva Blomqvist
    Pages 201-217
  13. Roberta Ferrario, Nicola Guarino, Meritxell Fernández-Barrera
    Pages 235-258
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 273-279

About this book


Legal ontologies have proved crucial for representing, processing and retrieving legal information, and will acquire an increasing significance in the emerging framework of the Semantic Web. Despite the many research projects in the field, a collective reflection on the theoretical foundations of legal ontology engineering was still missing. This book bridges the gap, by exploring current methodologies and theoretical approaches to legal ontologies. It gathers 16 papers, each of them presenting issues and solutions for ontology engineering related to a particular approach to, or aspect of, the law: comparative law, case-based reasoning, multilingualism, complex- systems, sociolegal analysis, legal theory, social ontology, ontology learning, computational ontology, service ontology, cognitive science, document modelling, large legal databases, scientific, linguistic and legal-technology perspectives. The book will thus interest researchers in legal informatics, artificial intelligence and law, legal theory, legal philosophy, legal sociology, comparative law, as well as developers of applications based on the intelligent management of legal information, in both  e-commerce and e-government (e-administration, e-justice, e-democracy).


AI AI and Law Aldo Gangemi Analogical Legal Argument Artificial Intelligence Artificial Intelligence and Law Barry Smith Carlos Fernández Hernández Case-Based Reasoning Comparative Law Complex-systems Approach Computational Ontologies Computational Ontology Daniela Tiscornia Danièle Bourcier E-Courts E-administration E-governance Enrico Francesconi Fabio Vitali Gian Maria Ajani Giovanni Sartor Guido Boella Information Joost Breuker Kevin D. Ashley Knowledge-engineering Lawful Interaction Legal Databases Legal Document Modelling Legal Knowledge Legal Knowledge Management Legal Theory Luca Cervone Manuel Mateo Rivero Marco Schorlemmer Mariangela Biasiotti Maurizio Ferraris Meritxell Fernández-Barrera Monica Palmirani Multilingual-legal-information-system Nadia Nadah Networks Nicola Guarino Núria Casellas Ontologies Ontology Ontology Engineering Paul Bourgine Pierre Mazzega Pompeu Casanovas Radboud Winkels Rinke Hoekstra Roberta Ferrario Romain Boulet SW Semantic Web Social Ontology Thesaurus Tom Van Engers Ángel Sancho FerrerJosé

Editors and affiliations

  • Giovanni Sartor
    • 1
  • Pompeu Casanovas
    • 2
  • Mariangela Biasiotti
    • 3
  • Meritxell Fernández-Barrera
    • 4
  1. 1.European University InstituteFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.Institut de Dret i TecnologiaUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Ittig- CNRFirenzeItaly
  4. 4.Facultat de DretInstitut de Dret i TecnologiaBarcelona - BellaterraSpain

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