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AustLII's third lunchtime Research Seminar for 2014 will be presented by Professor Pompeu Casanovas, UAB Law School, on the topic Semantic Web Regulatory Models, Ethics and Information Principles: The CAPER example. Details of the seminar topic and the speaker are below.

Date: 5 September 2014
Time: 12:00 - 1:00
Venue: AustLII Offices, Level 12, Building 10, 235-253 Jones Street, Ultimo - see map (PDF)

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Seminar Details

Topic: Semantic Web Regulatory Models, Ethics and Information Principles: The CAPER example
Speaker: Professor Pompeu Casanovas, UAB Law School, Autonomous University of Barcelona, founder and current head of the IDT-UAB.
Duration: The seminar lasts for an hour, including 20 minutes for discussion.


The goal of the CAPER project ( is to create a common platform for the detection and prevention of organized crime through sharing, exploitation and analysis of open information sources (OSI: Open Source Intelligence). Several EU Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) are involved. CAPER capabilities and affordances raise the problem of control and compliance with legal and ethical requirements. How this kind of processes could be regulated? Conceptual models for complex regulatory systems shape the characteristic features of rules, norms and principles in different ways. Semantic Web Regulatory Models (SWRM) are encompassing law, governance, and ethics and can be used for such a task. Information principles - Privacy by Design, Linked Open Data (LOD), Legal Information Institutes (LII), and Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) - constitute the new general framework in the global space.

Biographical Note

Dr. Pompeu Casanovas is Director of Advanced Research, Professor of Philosophy and Sociology of Law at the UAB Law School, founder of the IDT-UAB in 2005, and at present its Head. He has 20 years of experience conducting research on legal sociology and philosophy, pragmatics, and AI and law. He has been Principal Investigator of over 50 national, European, and international projects. He has published over 10 books and more than 150 scientific articles in the areas of legal philosophy, legal sociology, intellectual history, and AI & Law. His recent publications concern the development of legal ontologies to implement Semantic Web technologies; models of governance to implement security and data protection in the Web; mediation, Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) and crowdsourcing to foster citizens' democratic participation.

He has been General Coordinator and co-director, with Elena Lauroba and Jaume Magre, of the Catalan White Book on Mediation (2009-2011). He is General Editor, with Giovanni Sartor, of the Law, Governance and Technology Series (at Springer Verlag), and the Editor of the research series La razón áurea. Derecho, Ciencia,Tecnolía (in Spanish, Editorial Comares). He is also Editor-in-Chief, with Josep Monserrat and Xavier Serra, of the Journal of Catalan Intellectual History (2010), and co-Editor, with Ginevra Peruginelli, Tom Bruce and Enrico Francesconi, of the Journal of Open Access to Law (2013). He belongs to the Scientific Board of Directors of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate in Law, Science and Technology (2012-2017).

Dr. Pompeu Casanovas holds a Degree in Law, and a Doctorate in Philosophy at UAB. He carried out post-doctoral research as Visiting Scholar at the Universities of Bari (Rome, 1987), UCSD (California, 1990-91), and Stanford (California, 2000-2001). He has been also VS at the University of Bologna (CIRSFID, 2006) and CNR (IRSIG, 2006); and Visiting Professor at Victoria University (Melbourne, 2012-2013). In 2014 he has been appointed Adjunct Professor at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.


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