AAAI Publications, Twelfth International Conference on the Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning

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A Logical Understanding of Legal Interpretation
Guido Boella, Guido Governatori, Antonino Rotolo, Leendert van der Torre

Last modified: 2010-04-27


If compliance with a norm does not achieve its purpose, then its applicability must dynamically be restricted or expanded. Legal interpretation is a mechanism from law allowing norms to be adapted to unforeseen situations. We model this mechanism for norms regulating computer systems by representing the purpose of norms by social goals and by revising the constitutive rules defining the applicability of norms. We illustrate the interpretation mechanism by examples.


legal interpretation; normative systems; multiagent systems; norm change

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