Retrieval of case law to provide layman with information about liability: Preliminary results of the BEST-project

E.M. Uijttenbroek, A.R. Lodder, M.C.A. Klein, F.A.H. van Harmelen, Gwen R. Wildeboer, R.L.L. Sie

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Abstract

This paper describes the experiments carried out in the context of the BEST-project, an interdisciplinary project with researchers from the Law faculty and the AI department of the VU University Amsterdam. The aim of the project is to provide laymen with information about their legal position in a liability case, based on retrieved case law. The process basically comes down to (1) analyzing the input of a layman in terms of a layman ontology, (2) mapping this ontology to a legal ontology, (3) retrieve relevant case law based, and finally (4) present the results in a comprehensible way to the layman. This paper describes the experiments undertaken regarding step 4, and in particular step 3.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputable Models of the Law
Subtitle of host publicationLanguages, Dialogues, Games, Ontologies
EditorsP. Casanovas, G. Sartor, N. Casellas, R. Rubino
PublisherSpringer
Pages291-311
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783540855699
ISBN (Print)3540855688, 9783540855682
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4884 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Keywords

  • Case law
  • Concept-based search
  • Information retrieval

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