Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2016

Publication Title

Artificial Intelligence and Law

Volume

24

Issue

1

First Page

51

Last Page

91

Keywords

Argumentation systems, interpreting statutes, ordinary language meaning, argument from purpose, ambiguity, abductive reasoning, argumentation schemes

Abstract

This paper proposes an argumentation based procedure for legal interpretation, by reinterpreting the traditional canons of textual interpretation in terms of argumentation schemes,which are then classified, formalized, and represented through argument visualization and evaluation tools. The problem of statutory interpretation is framed as one of weighing contested interpretations as pro and con arguments. The paper builds an interpretation procedure by formulating a set of argumentation schemes that can be used to comparatively evaluate the types of arguments used in cases of contested statutory interpretation in law. A simplified version of the Carneades Argumentation System is applied in a case analysis showing how the procedure works. A logical model for statutory interpretation is finally presented , covering protanto and all things considered interpretive conclusions.

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