Norm Enforceability in Electronic Institutions?

  • Natalia Criado
  • Estefania Argente
  • Antonio Garrido
  • Juan A. Gimeno
  • Francesc Igual
  • Vicente Botti
  • Pablo Noriega
  • Adriana Giret
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6541)


Nowadays Multi-Agent Systems require more and more regulation and normative mechanisms in order to assure the correct and secure execution of the interactions and transactions in the open virtual organization they are implementing. The Electronic Institution approach for developing Multi-Agent Systems implements some enforceability mechanisms in order to control norms execution and observance. In this paper we study a complex situation in a regulated environment in which the enforceability mechanisms provided by the current Electronic Institutions implementation cannot deal appropriately with norm observance. The analyzed situation is exemplified with a specific scenario of the mWater regulated environment, an electronic market for water-rights transfer. After this example is presented, we extrapolate it to a more generic domain while also addressing the main issues for its application in general scenarios.


Multiagent System Water User Autonomous Agent Dispute Resolution Enforceability Mechanism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Natalia Criado
    • 1
  • Estefania Argente
    • 1
  • Antonio Garrido
    • 1
  • Juan A. Gimeno
    • 1
  • Francesc Igual
    • 1
  • Vicente Botti
    • 1
  • Pablo Noriega
    • 2
  • Adriana Giret
    • 1
  1. 1.DSIC, Department of Information Systems and ComputationUniversitat Politècnica de ValenciaSpain
  2. 2.IIIA, Artificial Intelligence Research InstituteCSIC, Spanish Scientific Research CouncilSpain

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