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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 renewable in December 2014.

EUI Law Department, Casale 23
Via Boccaccio 121
50133 Firenze - Italy

Tel. [+39] 055 4685 528 / 239
Fax [+39] 055 4685 200
E mail Giovanni.Sartor@eui.eu

Administrative Assistant: Francesca Duca

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

Biographical Profile

Giovanni Sartor is part-time full 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.

Fields of Research

  • 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
  • Models of legal rationality (rationality and reasonabless in legal problem-solving, logical models of legal arguments, dialogues, concepts and systems)
  • A cognitive approach to the law (an integrated model of legal reasoning, based upon the idea of cognition)
  • Game theory and the law (game-theoretical analysis of legally relevant interactions)
  • Legal ontology and fundamental legal concepts (reasons, norms, rules, normative positions, institutional facts, etc.)
  • Computable models of the law (legal concepts, standards for representing legal texts and legal knowledge)
  • Human rights in the information society
  • Sharing knowledge in the information society (the interaction between the discipline of intellectual property and the production and communication of knowledge)
  • Digital agents and electronic societies (legal regulation of autonomous agents, norm-based governance of agents' societies)
  • The protection of trust (the idea of trust, its interactions with legal regulations, its protection and promotion in the digital world)
  • Leibniz as a Jurist. The legal works of the great philosopher.

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