A Constructive Framework for Legal Ontologies

  • Aldo Gangemi
  • Maria-Teresa Sagri
  • Daniela Tiscornia
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3369)


The increasing development of legal ontologies seems to offer interesting solutions to legal knowledge formalization, which in past experiences lead to a limited exploitation of legal expert systems for practical use. The paper describes how a constructive approach to ontology can provide useful components to create newly designed legal decision support systems either as local or Web-based semantic services. We describe the relation of our research to AI&Law and legal philosophy, the components of our Core Legal Ontology, the JurWordNet semantic lexicon, and some examples of use of legal ontologies for both norm conformity and compatibility. Our legal ontologies are based on DOLCE+, an extension of the DOLCE foundational ontology developed in the WonderWeb and Metokis EU projects.


Proper Part Deontic Logic Legal Knowledge Legal Domain Constitutive Norm 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aldo Gangemi
    • 1
  • Maria-Teresa Sagri
    • 2
  • Daniela Tiscornia
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory for Applied OntologyISTC-CNR, (Institute for Cognitive Sciences and Technology, of the Italian National Research Council)RomeItaly
  2. 2.ITTIG-CNR (Institute for Theory and Techniques for Legal, Information of the Italian Research Council)FlorenceItaly

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