Informal Logic Methods for Law.- Generalizations in Legal Reasoning.- Defeasible Reasoning in Dialogue Systems.- Relevance Determinations of Legal Evidence.- Methods Applied to Problems of Evidence.- Dialectical Explanation in AI.- Argument Invention for Proof Preparation.
Use of argumentation methods applied to legal reasoning is a relatively new field of study. The book provides a survey of the leading problems, and outlines how future research using argumentation-based methods show great promise of leading to useful solutions. The problems studied include not only these of argument evaluation and argument invention, but also analysis of specific kinds of evidence commonly used in law, like witness testimony, circumstantial evidence, forensic evidence and character evidence. New tools for analyzing these kinds of evidence are introduced.