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Giovanni Sartor

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Professor of Legal Informatics and Legal Theory

SartorPart-time professor at Faculty of Law at the University of Bologna and at the EUI. Appointed in 2006, contract renewed until 2024. 

Giovanni Sartor is currently Principal Investigator for the ERC (Europen Research Council) Advanced project COMPULAW, started on 1 November 2019, to be completed on 31 October 2024. He 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. He obtained a Ph.D. at the EUI,  researcher at the Italian National Council of Research (ITTIG, Florence), chair in Jurisprudence at Queen’s University of Belfast, and was Marie-Curie professor at the EUI. He has been President of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law. He has published widely on artificial intelligence and law, computational logic, legal theory/philosophy, and computer law.

Contact Details

Tel. [+39] 055 4686 528 

Email: [email protected]

Administrative Assistant: Anna Di Biase

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

  • Computing and the law, especially artificial intelligence & law, computable models of legal reasoning and knowledge, digital agents and societies, models of trust
  • Computer law, especially the law of artificial intelligence, data protection, intellectual property, e-commerce, e-government
  • 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


Current Research Projects

  • COMPULAW. The project, funded by the European Union under the European Research Council ERC-advanced scheme, addresses the challenges and opportunities of AI for the law: it provides epistemic, technical and normative guidance for the development of computable laws and law compliant computations.
  • CLAUDETTE. The project founded by the EUI research council and BEUC (the European Consumer association), provides for Machine Learning Powered Analysis of Consumer Contracts and Privacy Policies.
  • INTERLEX. The project, founded by the European Commission under the Justice programme aims to develop a platform for providing information, decision support and training on private international law.
  • CROSSJUSTICE. The project, founded by the European Commission under the Justice programme aims to provide a platform for advice and support on procedural rights.
  • LAILA. The project LAILA (Legal Analytics for Italian Law) founded by the Italian Ministry for Research, aims to apply methods of legal analytics to a vast and diverse set of legal information: legislation, case law, and empirical legal data.
  • Summer School on Law and Logic
  • Summer School on AI and Law

Selected Publications

Page last updated on 16 April 2021

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