Modular argumentation for modelling legal doctrines in common law of contract

Artificial Intelligence and Law 17 (3):167-182 (2009)
To create a programming environment for contract dispute resolution, we propose an extension of assumption-based argumentation into modular assumption-based argumentation in which different modules of argumentation representing different knowledge bases for reasoning about beliefs and facts and for representation and reasoning with the legal doctrines could be built and assembled together. A distinct novel feature of modular argumentation in compare with other modular logic-based systems like Prolog is that it allows references to different semantics in the same module at the same time, a feature critically important for application of argumentation in legal domains like contract dispute resolution where the outcomes of court cases often depend on whether credulous or skeptical modes of reasoning were applied by the contract parties. We apply the new framework to model the doctrines of contract breach and mutual mistake.
Keywords Legal doctrines  Argumentation  Argumentation in law  Modular argumentation
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DOI 10.1007/s10506-009-9076-x
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