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Using an OWL ontology to support legal negotiation about owners corporation disputes

Abrahams, Brooke and Condliffe, Peter and Zeleznikow, John (2011) Using an OWL ontology to support legal negotiation about owners corporation disputes. In: Thirteenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law : June 6-10, 2011, University of Pittsburg School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsyslvania, USA. Proceedings of the Conference. The Association for Computing Machinery, New York, pp. 194-198.

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Abstract

The paper describes the development of a legal negotiation support guide for owners corporation cases in the state of Victoria, Australia that uses an OWL ontology and Bayesian Network to perform legal reasoning and provide advice about BATNAs. The rate of growth of owners corporations (also known as body corporate or strata title properties) has increased significantly in the last two decades. Because of this growth, and the need to manage a rapidly expanding population, the governance and management of these entities has become an important concern for government. Conflict and its management within them is an essential element of this concern. Cases that can’t be settled through negotiation are often referred to the Victorian Civil and Administrative appeals Tribunal (VCAT). Using an OWL ontology we have systematically modeled legal arguments and outcomes of past cases heard by VCAT to facilitate both stand alone and Web based information retrieval, extraction and case based reasoning. A Bayesian Belief network is also used to deal with assumptions that tend to be prevalent in commonsense reasoning. Through our system we aim to provide negotiation decision support to help guide owners corporation disputants through the grievance process.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 9781450307550
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID24919, negotiation decision support, Bayesian belief networks, BATNA, case based legal reasoning, ontologies, ontology, OWL, owners corporation disputes
Subjects: FOR Classification > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
FOR Classification > 1801 Law
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
SEO Classification > 9404 Justice and the Law
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2012 02:37
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2012 02:37
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/10556
DOI: 10.1145/2018358.2018386
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