Compliance is defined by certain behavior in public and private law to govern interactions among citizens. For firms, this behavior is characterized in their business processes. However, the intricacies of matching precise business processes within the elaborate linguistic patterns and semantics of the legislative juridical language found in legal rules are significant. Legislative drafting is a complex art designed to factor competing considerations including concerns that may only arise in the future. As a result, some legal provisions are purposefully broad. This may lead to ambiguities in certain instances that will need to be interpreted to fit the circumstances of the case. We therefore need robust methods of interpreting legal requirements before we can apply them.

Current research activities concern the applications of legal informatics tools and techniques with regard to the following requirements: (1) it is imperative to develop a compliance formulation method that is tailored for, and equally agile to the rapidly evolving business models and one that lawyers can understand; (2) the module on legal interpretation needs to deliver a prescription that is actionable; (3) the module on legal analysis needs to identify the risk and deliver specific requirements tailored to manage it.

Main contributor(s): Robert Muthuri