Artificial Intelligence and Law 24 (1):51-91 (2016)

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Fabrizio Macagno
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Douglas Walton
University of Windsor
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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 pro-tanto and all-things-considered interpretive conclusions.
Keywords Argumentation systems   Interpreting statutes   Ordinary language meaning   Argument from purpose   Ambiguity   Abductive reasoning   Argumentation schemes
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DOI 10.1007/s10506-016-9179-0
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