LegalRuleML: Design Principles and Foundations

  • Tara Athan
  • Guido GovernatoriEmail author
  • Monica Palmirani
  • Adrian Paschke
  • Adam Wyner
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9203)


This tutorial presents the principles of the OASIS LegalRuleML applied to the legal domain and discusses why, how, and when LegalRuleML is well-suited for modelling norms. To provide a framework of reference, we present a comprehensive list of requirements for devising rule interchange languages that capture the peculiarities of legal rule modelling in support of legal reasoning. The tutorial comprises syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic foundations, a LegalRuleML primer, as well as use case examples from the legal domain.


LegalRuleML RuleML Legal rule modelling Meta model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tara Athan
    • 1
  • Guido Governatori
    • 2
    Email author
  • Monica Palmirani
    • 3
  • Adrian Paschke
    • 4
  • Adam Wyner
    • 5
  1. 1.Athan ServicesWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.NICTA QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.CIRSFIDUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly
  4. 4.Corporate Semantic WebFreie UniversitatBerlinGermany
  5. 5.University of AberdeenAberdeenUK

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