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Research interests

legal reasoning, digital humanities, computational modelling, private law (English, Rabbinic, Roman), teaching methodology


Contact and feedback hours

In teaching weeks during Term 2 (Spring) in 2023-2024 are between 12-1pm on Wednesday (on Teams) and between 2-3pm on Friday (in person in Arts ABS01). Please book a slot.


LL1005 English Legal System (co-convenor)

LL2002 Law of Torts (seminars)

LL3003 Law Dissertation

LL1002 The Law of Contract (not in 23/24)

PhD supervision

Marton would be excited to discuss PhD project proposals related to legal reasoning, legal history, legal education, Contract and Tort. He has experience working with historical, linguistic, theoretical and computational methods.

Personal profile

Marton Ribary is a Lecturer in Law at Royal Holloway, University of London where his research focuses on legal reasoning. He is interested in modelling the rhetorical strategies of constructing a persuasive argument which involves (1) capturing its legal, historical, and commonsense context, and (2) the modelling of legal knowledge, formal rules, and counterfactual arguments. Marton works with Natural Language Processing (NLP) and algorithmic rule modelling methods applied to historical (Roman and Rabbinic) as well as modern (English) texts in private law.

He has a background in philosophy (MA, Budapest), ancient legal history (MPhil, Oxford; PhD, Manchester), and library and information studies (MA,UCL). Before joining RHUL in April 2022, Marton was a teaching fellow in Rabbinic law and later head librarian at Leo Baeck College London (2013-2018), a lecturer in Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester (2019), and a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Surrey School of Law (2019-2022). During his Leverhulme fellowship at Surrey, he developed an interest and some skills in coding, and built a database prototype of Emperor Justinian's Digest of Roman law (533 CE) which was the starting point of an award-winning open research case study (2021). He is an associate editor of the Journal of Open Humanities Data, and a peer-reviewer of a number of journals related to religious studies and digital humanities.

Marton's ongoing collaborartive research projects are related to building a digital platform for text-critical approaches to Roman law (Index 2.0), developing a hybrid AI system for generating automated legal advice for small businesses in distress (Insolvency Bot), playful visualisation teachniques for teaching problem solving in the law of contract, modelling commonsense reasoning in tort in Roman and Rabbinic law, and the impact of data papers on the traction of research produced by open methods.

Educational background

  • Library and Information Studies (MA, UCL)
  • Rabbinic and Roman Law (PhD, Manchester)
  • Judaism and Christianity in the Graeco-Roman World (MPhil, Oxford)
  • Philosophy with Classics and Hebrew (MA, ELTE Budapest)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Library and Information Studies, MA, Computational modelling of law in three cascading layers: OASIS standards applied to a text sample from ancient Rabbinic law, University College London


Rabbinic and Roman Law, PhD, Literary signals for legal abstraction in the Talmud Yerushalmi and the Justinianic legal corpus, University of Manchester


Talmud, Conservative Yeshiva


Judaism and Christianity in the Graeco-Roman World, MPhil, Concluding sections of Mishnah tractates moulded from the Tosefta, Oxford University


Philosophy with Classics and Hebrew, MA, Franz Rosenzweig's political theology, Etvs University Budapest (ELTE)



  • Law not elsewhere classified
  • Legal Reasoning
  • Knowledge representation
  • Legal Reasoning
  • Classical studies
  • Roman legal texts
  • Contract law
  • Legal Case-based Reasoning
  • Teaching
  • The Torah & Judaic texts
  • Rabbinic

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