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Legal Knowledge Representation, Automatic Text Analysis In Public

Legal Knowledge Representation, Automatic Text Analysis In Public

By Erich Schweighofer


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This volume is a presentation of all methods of legal knowledge representation from the point of view of jurisprudence as well as computer science. A new method of automatic analysis of legal texts is presented in four case studies.

Law is seen as an information system with legally formalised information processes. The achieved coverage of legal knowledge in information retrieval systems has to be followed by the next step: conceptual indexing and automatic analysis of texts.

Existing approaches of automatic knowledge representations do not have a proper link to the legal language in information systems. The concept-based model for semi-automatic analysis of legal texts provides this necessary connection. The knowledge base of descriptors, context-sensitive rules and meta-rules formalises properly all important passages in the text corpora for automatic analysis.

Statistics and self-organising maps give assistance in knowledge acquisition. The result of the analysis is organised with automatically generated hypertext links. Four case studies show the huge potential but also some drawbacks of this approach.

Last Updated 10/01/1999
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Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041111487
SKU 10058225-0001
Table of Contents

Preface, List of abbreviations, List of figures CHAPTER I Introduction CHAPTER II Informatics and Law 2.1. Considerations for a scientific theory of legal informatics 2.2. Legal informatics and jurisprudence 2.3. Legal informatics, public international and European law 2.4. Information and jurisprudence 2.5. The law-making and law-application process CHAPTER III Legal Knowledge Representation 3.1. Conventional knowledge representation: legal documentation and legal structural knowledge 3.2. Knowledge representation in IR systems 3.3. Knowledge representation in AI and law CHAPTER IV Information Model of Public International and European Law 4.1. Public international law 4.2. European law CHAPTER V Knowledge-Based Model for Semi-Automatic Analysis of Legal Texts 5.1. Means of automatic knowledge representation 5.2. KONTERM workstation 5.3. Jurisprudential input 5.4. Text corpus 5.5. Structure of the documents and segmentation 5.6. Natural-language processing 5.7. Knowledge base 5.8. Document description and analysis 5.9. Description of the document space 5.10. Knowledge base and text corpus CHAPTER VI Case Studies of Public International and European Law 6.1. Case study I: public international law treaties 6.2. Case study II: Reservations to the human right conventions 6.3. Case study III: Most important EC documents (esp. ECJ judgments) 6.4. Case study IV: EC documents (esp. ECJ judgments on public enterprises) 6.5. Summarizing evaluation of the case studies References, Appendixes, Index