On the logical foundations of compound predicate formulae for legal knowledge representation

Artificial Intelligence and Law 5 (1-2):77-96 (1997)
Abstract
In order to represent legal knowledge adequately, it is vital to create a formal device that can freely construct an individual concept directly from a predicate expression. For this purpose, a Compound Predicate Formula (CPF) is formulated for use in legal expert systems. In this paper, we willattempt to explain the nature of CPFs by rigorous logical foundation, i.e., establishing their syntax and semantics precisely through the use of appropriate examples. We note the advantages of our system over other such systems and discuss the significance of CPFs with regard to the formalization of legal reasonings using examples from the United Nations Convention for the International Sale of Goods.
Keywords legal reasoning  CISG  knowledge representation  logic  compound predicate formula
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