Contissa, Giuseppe

Junior Assistant Professor

University of Bologna, Italy


Max Weber alumnus

Department of Law

Cohort(s): 2010/2011

Ph.D. Institution

University of Bologna, Italy


My research interests are in legal informatics, especially artificial intelligence and law, computable models of legal reasoning and knowledge and software agents. I focus my research in particular on the development of legal ontologies and rule-based representations of legal knowledge.
During my year at the EUI, I will concentrate on working with models and systems for enhancing legal knowledge representations, by way of connecting concepts expressed in ontologies with norms represented as rules.
I hold a Ph.D. in Legal Informatics and Computer law from the University of Bologna. The title of my Ph.D. thesis is ‘Rule-based systems in legal domain: models and systems for management and application of rules’.
In 2009 I was a Resident Research Fellow at the Stanford Center for Computers and Law (Stanford University).
In 2007 and 2008 I was awarded two research grants for projects on computable models of legal reasoning, which I carried out as a contract researcher at the University of Bologna.
I have been a Lecturer of AI and Law within the course of Advanced Legal Informatics, Faculty of Law, University of Bologna, and a Teaching Assistant in Legal Informatics in the same University for several years.
In addition, I have taught in international and national conferences and seminars. I also collaborate with CIRSFID (University of Bologna).
To date, I have published several articles (mainly book chapters and conference papers) focusing on legal informatics (legal knowledge representation, rule-based systems, legal ontologies, legal arguments) and computer law (legal issues of software agents).

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