Multilingual Legal Information Retrieval System for Mapping Recitals and Normative Provisions

Rohan Nanda*, Llio Humphreys, Lorenzo Grossio, Adebayo Kolawole John

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Abstract

This paper presents a multilingual legal information retrieval system for mapping recitals to articles in European Union (EU) directives and normative provisions in national legislation. Such a system could be useful for purposive interpretation of norms. A previous work on mapping recitals and normative provisions was limited to EU legislation in English and only one lexical text similarity technique. In this paper, we develop state-of-the-art text similarity models to investigate the interplay between directive recitals, directive (sub-)articles and provisions of national implementing measures (NIMs) on a multilingual corpus (from Ireland, Italy and Luxembourg). Our results indicate that directive recitals do not have a direct influence on NIM provisions, but they sometimes contain additional information that is not present in the transposed directive sub-article, and can therefore facilitate purposive interpretation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLegal Knowledge and Information Systems
EditorsS. Villata, J. Harašta, P. Křemen
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Pages123-132
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-16-4368-151-1
ISBN (Print)978-16-4368-150-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020

Publication series

SeriesFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Volume334
ISSN0922-6389

Keywords

  • European legislation
  • interpretation
  • legal information retrieval
  • recitals

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