Computing Argumentation for Decision Making in Legal Disputes

  • Maxime Morge
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-85569-9_13

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4884)
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Morge M. (2008) Computing Argumentation for Decision Making in Legal Disputes. In: Casanovas P., Sartor G., Casellas N., Rubino R. (eds) Computable Models of the Law. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 4884. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


In this paper, we present a decision support system for lawyers. This system is built upon an argumentation framework for decision making. A logic language is used as a concrete data structure for holding the statements like knowledge, goals, and decisions. Different priorities are attached to these items corresponding to the uncertainty of the knowledge about the circumstances, the lawyer’s preferences, and the expected utilities of sentences. These concrete data structures consist of information providing the backbone of arguments. Due to the abductive nature of practical reasoning, arguments are built by reasoning backwards, and possibly by making suppositions over missing information. Moreover, arguments are defined as tree-like structures. In this way, our computer system, implemented in Prolog, suggests some actions and provides an interactive and intelligible explanation of this solution.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maxime Morge
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di InformaticaUniversità di PisaPisaItaly

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