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Towards a Computational Account of Persuasion in Law Katie Greenwood, Trevor Bench-Capon and Peter McBurney
 

Summary: Towards a Computational Account of Persuasion in Law
Katie Greenwood, Trevor Bench-Capon and Peter McBurney
Department of Computer Science
University of Liverpool
Liverpool L69 7ZF UK
k.m.greenwood,tbc,p.j.mcburney¡@csc.liv.ac.uk
ABSTRACT
In this paper we attempt to give an account of reasoning with le-
gal cases contextualised within a general theory of persuasion in
practical reasoning. We begin by presenting our general theory,
concentrating on the variety of ways in which a particular position
can be attacked. We then apply our theory to the legal domain, il-
lustrating our approach by a case study based on the well known
CATO system. From this we conclude that it is possible to see rea-
soning with legal cases as a particular instantiation of our general
theory. We identify some points of interest for discussion, and con-
clude by stating our intended directions for future work.
1. INTRODUCTION
One way of looking at reasoning about legal cases is to see it
as an exercise in persuasion. Two parties take opposing views on

  

Source: Atkinson, Katie - Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences