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Preface Artif Intell Law (2008) 16:1–5 DOI 10.1007/s10506-008-9061-9 Rossella Rubino Æ Giovanni Sartor Published online: 18 March 2008 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008 1 Agents and AI & Law In the last years there has been a significant and increasing convergence between research on multiagent systems and research on AI & Law. Not only results originated in one research community have been used by the other, but a number of researchers have been actively involved in both communities, contributing to an increasing cross-fertilisation. We believe that this trend is not taking place by mere chance; on the contrary it is rooted in the complementary nature of the two disciplines, and in the increasing significance or issues pertaining to their intersection (contracts between agents, the emergence of norms out of agents’ interactions, the establishment and enforcement of norms in agents’ societies). Research on multiagent systems requires the contribution of AI & Law when it addresses the issue of the coordination of autonomous agents. If such agents are really autonomous—namely if each one of them is trying to achieve ‘‘his own interest his own way’’ (Smith 1997, p. 687)—the issue of coordinating their interaction requires considering under what conditions such agents may http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Artificial Intelligence and Law Springer Journals

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Subject
Computer Science; Artificial Intelligence (incl. Robotics); International IT and Media Law, Intellectual Property Law; Philosophy of Law; Legal Aspects of Computing; Information Storage and Retrieval
ISSN
0924-8463
eISSN
1572-8382
DOI
10.1007/s10506-008-9061-9
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Abstract

Artif Intell Law (2008) 16:1–5 DOI 10.1007/s10506-008-9061-9 Rossella Rubino Æ Giovanni Sartor Published online: 18 March 2008 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008 1 Agents and AI & Law In the last years there has been a significant and increasing convergence between research on multiagent systems and research on AI & Law. Not only results originated in one research community have been used by the other, but a number of researchers have been actively involved in both communities, contributing to an increasing cross-fertilisation. We believe that this trend is not taking place by mere chance; on the contrary it is rooted in the complementary nature of the two disciplines, and in the increasing significance or issues pertaining to their intersection (contracts between agents, the emergence of norms out of agents’ interactions, the establishment and enforcement of norms in agents’ societies). Research on multiagent systems requires the contribution of AI & Law when it addresses the issue of the coordination of autonomous agents. If such agents are really autonomous—namely if each one of them is trying to achieve ‘‘his own interest his own way’’ (Smith 1997, p. 687)—the issue of coordinating their interaction requires considering under what conditions such agents may

Journal

Artificial Intelligence and LawSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 18, 2008

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