About the Tool

Territorial and material scope

The ADELE pilot tool provides free access to judicial decisions issued by the courts in:

  • two EU member states - Italy and Bulgaria
  • two legal areas:
    • Value added tax (VAT) – exemptions and deductions
    • Trademark and patents – claims for infringement

Target audience

It is aimed mainly at the following categories of potential users:

  • Judges from national courts and public administrations
  • Lawyers, legal advisers and other legal practitioners
  • Students and researchers in the field of law and legal informatics

It can also be useful for anyone who is interested in the practical application of AI technologies in law.

About the Project

Main objectives and planned activities

The ADELE project is co-funded by the European Union’s Justice Programme. The main objective of the project is to build a pilot tool to support legal research and decision-making processes in the judiciary. To achieve this goal, the following activities are planned to be implemented:

  • selection of decisions of Italian and Bulgarian judiciary in the field of intellectual property and VAT taxation and annotation of the datasets based on a common methodology
  • processing of the annotated documents with machine learning algorithms to extract key legal arguments and to predict possible outcome of new cases
  • building an ontology and citation networks
  • presentation of the pilot tool to a specialised audience of judges from Italy and Bulgaria with a view to testing and validating the final version of the instrument.

Impact and expected results

  • Supporting legal research and decision-making processes in the judiciary by applying automated means to extract legal knowledge from large datasets of case law, inferring undiscovered relationships and predicting possible outcome of new cases
  • Improving the efficiency of the judiciary by developing novel solutions that facilitate judicial tasks, reduce the workload and increase the transparency of judicial decision-making
  • Creating a legal analytics methodological framework and fostering the scientific debate on the use of artificial intelligence in the legal field

More information about the ADELE project can be found on its website: https://site.unibo.it/adele/en


LIBRe Foundation (LIBRe)
Union of Bulgarian Jurist (SAJUZ)
Université du Luxembourg (UNILU)

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