Archive for April, 2007


The construction of a shell for building Intelligent Help Systems for Information Processing Systems (i.e. interactive computer programs). Using tools and following a methodology, designers of future Help Systems should fill the shell with the information about the specific application (e.g. a text editor, database system, or graphics program).

For more information:

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Dr. Nienke den Haan

Nienke den Haan (1996): “Automated Legal Reasoning”, PhD thesis, University of Amsterdam.

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Dr. Andre Valente

Andre Valente received a doctorate (PhD) degree from the University of Amsterdam (1995) with a thesis on artificial intelligence and law. He also received a bachelor degree in mechanical-aeronautics engineering (1986) and a master degree in computer science (1990) from the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA, Su Josh dos Campos, Brazil). He published about 30 articles in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Between 1986 and 1991 he has worked for major brazilian corporations, doing applied research and development on the fields of knowledge engineering (particularly knowledge acquisition), systems connectivity and software engineering.

Between 1991 and 1995, Valente was a guest researcher in the departments of Computer Science and Law (LRI) and Social Science Informatics (SWI) of the University of Amsterdam. His research in the first department includes results in formal languages for representation of legal knowledge and a model-based approach for legal knowledge engineering. In SWI, Valente participated on the ESPRIT project P5248 KADS-II. His research in this project concerns the development of a library of modeling components to support the development of knowledge-based systems within the CommonKADS methodology. In particular, he was involved in the design of the library and the development of library elements for planning and assessment tasks.

Presently, he is a researcher at the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California, where he develops research on the Expect Project (a knowledge acquisition architecture with explanation facilities) and the ARPA-Rome Planning Initiative.

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UvA LogoWelcome to the pages of the Leibniz Center for Law of the University of Amsterdam. As an interdisciplinary research group, we develop intelligent technology to support legal practice both in the private and public sector. We apply Artificial Intelligence techniques to problems in legal theory, legal knowledge management, and the field of law in general. In this capacity, we participate in many (inter)national research initiatives and maintain strong ties to the international research community and government agencies.

We have longstanding experience in the development of legal ontologies, automatic legal reasoning and legal knowledge-based systems, (standard) languages for representing legal knowledge and information, user-friendly disclosure of legal data, application of data science and machine learning techniques in the field of law, and the application of information technology in education and legal practice. As an academic partner, the Leibniz Center provides advice on change management in legal-knowledge-intensive processes and on improvement of legal knowledge productivity in organisations.

The Leibniz Center for Law has its roots in the former department of Computer Science & Law (est. 1989) of the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam.

For more background on the Leibniz Center, see our general information pages, and have a look at current projects. Students interested in our work may look for our proposals for Bachelor/Master theses.

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LKIF Core Ontology

We are pleased to announce the release of the LKIF core ontology of basic legal concepts. This ontology was developed within the ESTRELLA project to provide a standard vocabulary for legal reasoning services on the Semantic Web, and especially the Legal Knowledge Interchange Format (LKIF).

The LKIF ontology is inspired by the commonsense orientation of the (discontinued) LRI Core ontology effort. It consists of 14 ontology modules, describing concepts that range from general concepst such as time, place, change and process to the concepts most central to the legal field such as actions, transactions, beliefs, intentions, expressions and norms.

For more information, please consult the LKIF Core ontology website, browse the online documentation, or download the ESTRELLA Deliverable 1.4.

The ontology can be loaded directly into your favorite OWL Ontology editor from:

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Mr.dr. Antoinette Muntjewerff

Antoinette MuntjewerffComputational Legal Theory
Room: B1.09
Phone: +31-(0)20-5253418

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Marcello di Bello

Marcello di BelloESTRELLA
Room: B3.10
Phone: +31-(0)20-5254797

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Smart Environment for Assisting the Drafting and Debating of Legislation

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Ádám Kollár, MSc.

Adam KollarSeal Project
Room: B3.10
Phone: +31-(0)20-5254718
Email: a.i.kollar
Links: CV

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Drs. Saskia van de Ven

Saskia van de VenAgile
Room: ET1.09
Phone: +31-(0)20-5254718
Email: email
Links: Publications

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Drs. Emily Besselink

Emily BesselinkEmail: email

MSc Forensic Science student 2006-2007
Internship Forensic Intelligence
Electronic Tracking of Criminal Offenders using
GIS and Legal Atlas: a Feasibility & Utility Study

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