A Comparison of Four Ontologies for the Design of Legal Knowledge Systems

  title={A Comparison of Four Ontologies for the Design of Legal Knowledge Systems},
  author={Pepijn R. S. Visser and Trevor J. M. Bench-Capon},
  journal={Artificial Intelligence and Law},
There is a growing interest in how people conceptualise the legal domain for the purpose of legal knowledge systems. In this paper we discuss four such conceptualisations (referred to as ontologies): McCarty's language for legal discourse, Stamper's norma formalism, Valente's functional ontology of law, and the ontology of Van Kralingen and Visser. We present criteria for a comparison of the ontologies and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the ontologies in relation to these criteria… CONTINUE READING
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