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Law, Society & AI seminar

  • 23 Mar 2023

Next seminar of the research seminar series Law, Society & AI (LS&AI) organised jointly by the Smart Law Hub and Law department of HEC Paris, Telecom Paris & Ecole Polytechnique (LIX).

The LS&AI seminar is designed as a series of invited talks on questions at the intersection of legal, societal, and artificial intelligence issues.

During the next session we will discuss the paper Computational Statutory Reasoning

Speaker: Nils Holzenberger (Telecom Paris)

Discussant: Ken Satoh (Japan National Institute of Informatics)

When: Thursday, 23 March, 10.30am, Paris (CET)

Where: HEC Paris, Building S, Room S118

Online - connect by clicking on join a talk -here


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.

If you would like to present a paper in 2023 or be a discussant to one of the papers already scheduled in the programme, please reach out to us.

Looking forward to seeing you online.

Best regards


David Restrepo Amariles (HEC Paris)

Michalis Vazirgiannis (Ecole Polytechnique)

Winston Maxwell (Telecom Paris)

Fabian Suchanek (Telecom Paris)

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