Legal Electronic Institutions and ONTOMEDIA: Dialogue, Inventio, and Relational Justice Scenarios

Pompeu Casanovas, AICOL Workshops 2009, LNAI 6237. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2010, []

Since the seminal work by Perelman, Olbrechts-Tyteca, Toulmin, Ong, Giuliani and many others in late fifties and sixties, dialogue and argumen- tation have increasingly been at the center of philosophical discussions. Mode- lization of arguments and “argumentation schemes” constitute one of the main domains within the AI & Law field. The construction of Legal Electronic Insti- tutions (LEI), and Ontomedia, an Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) platform in the context of the research carried out within the Catalan White Book on Me- diation, has enhanced the discussion about fundamental issues on the theoretical approach taken in building such Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 tools. In this paper, I will address the question of how the content of ancient stasis, ekphrasis and inventio may be captured and reelaborated to define their theoretical backbones. I will call “relational justice” the conceptual legal framework in which Semantic Web strategies can be nested to offer a better user-centered service.