Alexander Boer


Legal Knowledge Management/Computational Legal Theory
Room: REC A6.05 (Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, building REC A)
Phone: +31-(0)20-5253499

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Best Problem Analysis Paper Award (EKAW 2010: Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management by the Masses, Lisbon, Portugal, 11 Oct 2010).

Best Paper Award (JURIX 2014: the twenty-seventh annual conference, Kraków, 11 Dec 2014)

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Alexander W.F. Boer (1973) is a senior researcher at the University of Amsterdam’s Leibniz Center for Law, where he works on automated legal reasoning and legal knowledge management. He has been working for the Leibniz Center for Law on various projects and consultancy activities for governmental organizations since 1998. His main research interests are legal decision support systems for public administration, the legislative drafting process, policy impact analysis, and law enforcement as a diagnostic problem.

He received his PhD in Computational Legal Theory from the faculty of law, and his master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence from the same university.

Alexander has a special interest in open standards for legal information, as (the former absence of) these play a fundamental role in legal knowledge management research. He is a former chairman of the CEN/ISSS MetaLex workshop’s technical committee and final editor of the CEN MetaLex (an open XML interchange format for legal and legislative resourcce) standard specifications. He worked on the Legal Knowledge Interchange format (LKIF), and on Juriconnect in the Netherlands.

Alexander has taught courses on rules & governance, expert systems and knowledge engineering, modeling & design for information scientists, research methods for information scientists, Business-IT alignment, requirements engineering, and organisation analysis at the University of Amsterdam.

Marital status

Married, two children (2006 and 2009).

Not published elsewhere

Legislation as Linked Open Data: Lessons from MetaLex XML (2012)

Institutional Metaphors for Designing Large-Scale Distributed AI versus AI Techniques for Running Institutions (2018)

Final report of the Agile project (2013)