Institute of Law and Technology (IDT)

The Institute of Law and Technology (IDT) was established in 2005 as a UAB Research Centre within the Department of Political Science and Public Law. At present, the areas of research include law and artificial intelligence, legal culture and judicial studies, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and online dispute resolution (ODR), legal ontologies, semantic web, data protection, security, electronic institutions and mobile applications, rights management through REL (Right Expression Language), ethics and regulations for the Web of Data and Internet of Things. Furthermore, the IDT contributes significantly to the organization of conferences, symposium and specialized workshops, and the dissemination of the project findings and results through scientific publications in the main law and technology conferences and workshops.

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2020-04-01
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141 p, 2.7 MB Linked democracy : foundations, tools, and applications / Poblet, Marta (RMIT University) ; Casanovas, Pompeu (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Dret i Tecnologia) ; Rodríguez-Doncel, Víctor (Universitat Politècnica de Madrid)
Chapter 1Introduction to Linked DataAbstractThis chapter presents Linked Data, a new form of distributed data on theweb which is especially suitable to be manipulated by machines and to shareknowledge. [...]
Springer 2019 (SpringerBriefs in Law) - 10.1007/978-3-030-13363-4  
2019-11-15
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25 p, 2.3 MB The middle-out approach : assessing models of legal governance in data protection, artificial intelligence, and the Web of Data / Pagallo, Ugo (Università di Torino) ; Madelin, Robert (Fipra International) ; Casanovas, Pompeu (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Dret i Tecnologia)
All models of legal governance and most regulatory options have to do with 'top-down' solutions as an essential ingredient of the approach. Such models may include 'bottom-up' forms of self-regulation, such as in forms of ex post regulation, or unenforced self-regulation. [...]
2019
The theory and practice of legislation, September 2019  
2019-10-30
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23 p, 574.8 KB On the concept of relevance in legal information retrieval / Van Opijnen, Marc (Publications Office of the Netherlands) ; Santos, Cristiana (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Dret i Tecnologia)
The concept of 'relevance' is crucial to legal information retrieval, but because of its intuitive understanding it goes undefined too easily and unexplored too often. We discuss a conceptual framework on relevance within legal information retrieval, based on a typology of relevance dimensions used within general information retrieval science, but tailored to the specific features of legal information. [...]
2017 - 10.1007/s10506-017-9195-8
Artificial Intelligence and Law, Vol. 25 Núm. 1 (january 2017) , p. 65-87  
2019-03-14
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14 p, 687.2 KB Semantic Web for the legal domain : the next step / Casanovas, Pompeu (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Dret i Tecnologia) ; Palmirani, Monica (Università degli Studi di Bologna) ; Peroni, Silvio (Università degli Studi di Bologna) ; Engers, Tom van (Universiteit van Amsterdam) ; Vitali, Fabio (Università degli Studi di Bologna)
Ontology-driven systems with reasoning capabilities in the legal field are now better understood. Legal concepts are not discrete, but make up a dynamic continuum between common sense terms, specific technical use, and professional knowledge, in an evolving institutional reality. [...]
2016 - 10.3233/SW-160224
Semantic web, Vol. 7 Núm. 3 Special Issue (2016) , p. 213-227  
2019-03-13
19:55
7 p, 456.2 KB On legal validity / Araszkiewicz, Michał (Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie) ; Casanovas, Pompeu (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Dret i Tecnologia)
This paper presents a theoretical account of legal validity. We begin with a very simple criterial account of validity and discuss the possibility of elimination of such concept by means of procedure described in Ross' paper Tû-Tû. [...]
2016 - 10.3233/978-1-61499-726-9-125
Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, Vol. 294 (2016) , p. 125-130  
2019-03-11
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6 p, 90.0 KB Meaningful reality : a metalogue with Floridi's Information Ethics / Casanovas, Pompeu (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Dret i Tecnologia)
This is a comment on some aspects of the The Ethics of the Information by Luciano Floridi. This paper explores some of the notions advanced in the book, its methodology, and its practical and ontological turn. [...]
2014
APA newsletters, Vol. 14 Núm. 1 (2014) , p. 20-25  
2019-03-05
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8 p, 272.3 KB A European framework for regulating data and metadata markets / Casanovas, Pompeu (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Dret i Tecnologia) ; Rodríguez-Doncel, Víctor (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Ontology Engineering Group) ; Santos, Cristiana (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Dret i Tecnologia) ; Gómez-Pérez, Asunción (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Ontology Engineering Group)
In this paper we examine the possibilities offered by the EU legal framework to set and regulate a data and meta-data market. It is our contention that a policy and legally-driven market could benefit from analytical concepts —meta-rule of law, semantic web regulatory models, legal ontologies— to reduce privacy and data protection risks. [...]
2016
CEUR workshop proceedings, Vol. 1750 (2016)  
2019-02-22
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63 p, 1.7 MB Derecho, tecnología, inteligencia artificial y web semántica : un mundo para todos y para cada uno / Casanovas, Pompeu (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Dret i Tecnologia)
México : Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, 2015 (Doctrina Jurídica ; 712)
Enciclopedia de filosofía y teoría del derecho, 2015, p. 815-877  
2019-02-20
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135 p, 3.7 MB Proceedings of the Sintelnet WG5 Workshop on Crowd Intelligence : Foundations, Methods and Practices / Poblet, Marta editor literari (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Dret i Tecnologia) ; Noriega, Pablo editor literari (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) ; Plaza, Enric 1957- editor literari (Institut d'Investigació en Intel·ligència Artificial) ; Sintelnet WG5 Workshop on Crowd Intelligence
2014
Sintelnet WG5 Workshop on Crowd Intelligence: Foundations, Methods and Practices. Barcelona, Catalunya, : 2014  
2019-02-19
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20 p, 393.6 KB Mediación de consumo y tecnologías / Suquet Capdevila, Josep (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Dret i Tecnologia)
Cada vez más, las políticas públicas de la Unión Europea (UE) apuestan por fortalecer el uso de las tecnologías en la resolución de disputas, especialmente en el ámbito del consumo. Aun así, recientes estudios demuestran el escaso uso de la mediación en línea. [...]
2014
Democracia Digital e Governo Eletrônico, Núm. 10 (2014) , p. 265-284