Concepts and Fields of Relational Justice

  • Pompeu Casanovas
  • Marta Poblet
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4884)


This paper intends to introduce and explore the broad conceptual background of relational justice according to the current state of the art. Relational Justice (RJ) is defined as the justice produced through cooperative behavior, agreement, negotiation, or dialogue among actors in a post-conflict situation. We found concepts stemming from at least thirty different fields, going from behavioral sciences (neurology, brain sciences, primatology, social psychology, etc.) to criminology, jurisprudence, and philosophy. One of these contributing fields is Artificial Intelligence (AI), which uses several techniques to grasp the practical knowledge of negotiators and mediators and builds tools to support both negotiation and mediation processes. However, contrary to the legal ontologies field, there are no developed ontologies of Relational Justice yet representing the conceptual richness of the domain.


legal concepts legal ontologies legal systems dialogue relational justice restorative justice ADR ODR 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pompeu Casanovas
    • 1
  • Marta Poblet
    • 2
  1. 1.UAB Institute of Law and Technology (IDT), Faculty of LawAutonomous University of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.ICREA Researcher at the UAB Institute of Law and Technology 

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