Dr Marton Ribary

Research interests

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

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 algorithmic rule modelling in Roman law, machine-assisted stylometric analysis of Roman jurists, and the impact of data papers on the traction of research produced by open methods. With RHUL colleague Dr Lawrence Newport, he is organising a workshop for September 2022 to revitalise interest in legal reasoning for research and education purposes with contributors invited from both industry (legal practice, data science) and academia (law, rhetoric, classics, computer science, philosophy, complex systems).

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)

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