Diversifying the Legal Order

Abstract : “Public legal information from all countries and international institutions is part of the common heritage of humanity. Maximizing access to this information promotes justice and the rule of law.” In accordance with the aforementioned declaration on Free Access to Law by Legal information institutes of the world ( http://www.worldlii.org/worldlii/declaration/ ), a plethora of legal information is available through the Internet, while the provision of legal information has never before been easier. Given that law is accessed by a much wider group of people, the majority of whom are not legally trained or qualified, diversification techniques, should be employed in the context of legal information retrieval, as to increase user satisfaction. We address diversification of results in legal search by adopting several state of the art methods from the web search domain. We provide an exhaustive evaluation of the methods, using a standard data set from the Common Law domain that we subjectively annotated with relevance judgments for this purpose. Our results reveal that users receive broader insights across the results they get from a legal information retrieval system.
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Marios Koniaris, Ioannis Anagnostopoulos, Yannis Vassiliou. Diversifying the Legal Order. 12th IFIP International Conference on Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI), Sep 2016, Thessaloniki, Greece. pp.499-509, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-44944-9_44⟩. ⟨hal-01557597⟩

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