Giovanni Sartor has worked on law, philosophy, computing and on their combination.
He has contributed to establish the domain of artificial intelligence and law, developing various ideas and models on legal reasoning and knowledge representation. He has worked on defeasible reasoning, computational argumentation, theory construction, logic programming, action and deontic logic, machine learning, and the history of legal thinking. His work has had a substantial impact on legal theory, bridging the gap between the law and computer science. He has also contributed to information and technology law, addressing legal issues pertaining to data protection, consumer protection, contracts, liability and artificial intelligence.
He obtained a degree in law and a master in computing from the University of Bologna and a PhD at the European University Institute of Florence. He was a researcher at the Italian National Council of Research, held the chair in Jurisprudence at the Queens University of Belfast, and a Marie Curie chair in Legal Theory and Legal informatics at the European University Institute. He is currently professor in legal informatics at the university of Bologna and part-time professor in Legal informatics and Legal Theory at the European University Institute. He has published widely on artificial intelligence and law, computational logic, legal theory/philosophy, and information technology law.
He has been president of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law and is currently co-editor in chief of the Artificial intelligence and Law journal. He is member of the editorial committee of Ratio Juris, Probability and Risk and other journals in legal theory and legal informatics.
He has participated in many national and European research project. He is Principal Investigator for the ERC Advanced project CompuLaw, which focuses on the relation between legal norms and computable specifications.
Mandate ERC Scientific Council: 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2026 (1st term)