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Giovanni Sartor

Professor of Legal Informatics and Legal Theory


SartorOn leave from the Faculty of Law at the University of Bologna. Appointed in January 2006, contract renewed in December 2014. 

Giovanni Sartor is part-time professor in legal informatics at the University of Bologna and part-time professor in Legal informatics and Legal Theory at the European University Institute of Florence. He obtained a Ph.D. at the European University Institute (Florence), worked at the Court of Justice of the European Union (Luxembourg), was a researcher at the Italian National Council of Research (ITTIG, Florence), held the chair in Jurisprudence at Queen’s University of Belfast (where he now is honorary professor), and was Marie-Curie professor at the European University of Florence. He has been President of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law. He has published widely in legal philosophy, computational logic, legislation technique, and computer law.

Contact Details

Tel. [+39] 055 4686 528 / 577

Email: Giovanni.Sartor@eui.eu

Administrative Assistant: Francesca Duca

Postal address: Law Department | Via Bolognese 156 | 50139 Florence - Italy (Villa Salviati, Castello - Office SACA 104)

Working Languages: Italian (first language), English (fluent), French (fluent), Spanish, German

Research Interests

  • Legal informatics, especially artificial intelligence & law, computable models of legal reasoning and knowledge, digital agents and societies, models of trust.
  • Legal theory, especially legal reasoning, legal logic, legal arguments and dialogues, theories of rights and normative positions, collective agency, game-theory and the law, legislative drafting, legal evolution and complex systems.
  • Computer law, especially data protection, intellectual property, digital-rights management, open-source and creative commons, e-government and e-commerce
  • Law and automation in socio-technical systems, in particular liability issues in air traffic management

Current Research Projects

  • ALIAS (Addressing Liability Impact of Automated Systems) 
    The project, funded by EUROCONTROL and EU under the SESAR joint undertaking,  addresses liability and automation in ATM, and more generally in complex socio-technical systems. It analyses present and future technological developments and their impacts on ATM, assesses current responsibility regimes and proposes future developments
  • Research council project: Legal Responsibilities and Artificial Autonomous Normative Agency

Selected Publications

Leibniz: logico-philosophical puzzles in the law: philosophical questions and perplexing cases in the law
Tecnologie e abilità informatiche per il diritto
AI approaches to the complexity of legal systems: models and ethical challenges for legal systems, legal language and legal ontologies, argumentation and software agents
Approaches to Legal Ontologies: Theories, Domains, Methodologies
Temi di diritto dell’informatica
Legislative XML for the Semantic Web. Principles, Models, Standards for Document Management
AI Approaches to the Complexity of Legal Systems. Complex Systems, the Semantic Web, Ontologies, Argumentation, and Dialogue
Deontic logic in computer science: 10th International Conference ; DEON 2010 (Fiesole, Italy, July 7-9, 2010): proceedings
L'informatica giuridica e le tecnologie dell'informazione: corso d'informatica giuridica

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