Mario Bianchi of the Italian National Centre for ICT in the Public Administrations (CNIPA), and colleagues, have published ICT Tools for the Discovery of Semantic Relations in Legal Documents, in ICT4JUSTICE 2009: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on ICT Solutions for Justice, Skopje, FYR Macedonia, September 24, 2009 33-40 (George Eleftherakis and Tom van Engers eds., 2009).
Here is the abstract of the paper:
This paper reports the experience of the development and the evaluation of a set of pre-competitive tools to support legal professionals in exploring a complex corpus of norms and documents in the legal domain. The research addresses two complementary goals: using ICT to support the simplification of the corpus of norms and using ICT to facilitate search and retrieval of information in large archives in the legal domain. The contribution of this work is in the development of tools beyond state of the art for the e-discovery of relationships between sections of norms or other legal documents. To reach the best results in terms of effectiveness, the tools combine statistical and the semantic approaches. The effectiveness of the statistical tool has been measured in terms of precision, through an assessment procedure that involved some experts of the legal domain.