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“Computational Statutory Reasoning”, Nils Holzenberger (Johns-Hopkins University)

23/03/2023 @ 10:30 - 12:00

  • Speaker: Nils Holzenberger (Télécom Paris)
  • Discussant: Ken Satoh (Japan NII)


Statutory reasoning is the task of determining how laws apply to a legal case. This is a basic skill for lawyers, and in its computational form, a fundamental task for legal artificial intelligence systems. In this talk, I describe initial steps towards solving computational statutory reasoning. First, I define this task in the context of legal practice, and artificial intelligence more broadly. Second, I introduce the StAtutory Reasoning Assessment benchmark dataset (SARA). With the ability to measure performance on statutory reasoning, I show how a symbolic system can solve the task, while state-of-the-art machine reading struggles. Third, I focus on the facts described in the SARA cases: I revise the symbolic solver’s ontology and introduce models for information extraction. The attained performance opens up new perspectives on how to solve statutory reasoning.

Time Zone: (UTC+01:00) Europe/Paris


10:30 - 12:00


HEC Paris, Room S118
1 Rue de la Libération
Jouy-en-Josas, 78350, France