Dialogues about the burden of proof

Henry Prakken, Chris Reed, Douglas Walton

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    This paper analyses the phenomenon of a shift of the burden of proof in legal persuasion dialogues. Some sample dialogues are analysed of types of situations where such a shift may occur, viz. reasoning with defeasible rules, reasoning with argumentation schemes and reasoning with mere presumptions. It is argued that whether a shift in the burden of proof occurs can itself become the subject of dispute and it is shown how a dialogue game protocol for persuasion can be extended to let it regulate persuasion dialogues about the burden of proof. It is also shown that dialogues about the burden of proof are often implicitly about the precise form of the rules used in an argument.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationICAIL '05
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 10th international conference on Artificial intelligence and law
    Place of PublicationNew York, N.Y.
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9781595930811
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventICAIL 10th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law - Bologna, Italy
    Duration: 6 Jun 200511 Jun 2005


    ConferenceICAIL 10th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law


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