Hyperdimensional Modelling of the Legal System in Digital Society (HyperModeLex)

Can the Law be converted into programming code using AI/ML and logic formula without losing legal theory principles, legal linguistic expressivity, and Constitutional principles? Can “Law as Code” be equally valid and considered legitimate Legal Sources and under which conditions? Can a whole Legal System –including its diachronic dimension– be managed in a digital manner by using knowledge Graphs, Semantic Web techniques, Legal ontologies, Logic theory? Can such translation be made automatically executable using Smart Contracts and immediately enforceable? How to render the “Law as Code” (Greenleaf 2020) to the common citizen in a simple, yet transparent and accountable manner? Can an explicit normative statement be expressed natively in code or in non-linguistic signs (e.g., icons)? Which principles are necessary in order to not compress The Rule of Law and Democratic principles?
This project aims to find answers to these questions using interdisciplinary instruments coming from philosophy of law, Constitutional law, legal informatics including AI&Law, computational linguistics, computer science, HCI and Legal design. We will use Hybrid AI for mitigating the weakness of the symbolic-AI in the semantic.

Name of the Principal Investigator (PI): Monica Palmirani
Name of the PI's host institution for the project: Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna (UNIBO)
Proposal duration in months: 60 months
Financing: 2.5MEuro

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