A Multilingual Approach to Identify and Classify Exceptional Measures against COVID-19
Georgios Tziafas | Eugenie de Saint-Phalle | Wietse de Vries | Clara Egger | Tommaso Caselli
Proceedings of the Natural Legal Language Processing Workshop 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has witnessed the implementations of exceptional measures by governments across the world to counteract its impact. This work presents the initial results of an on-going project, EXCEPTIUS, aiming to automatically identify, classify and com- pare exceptional measures against COVID-19 across 32 countries in Europe. To this goal, we created a corpus of legal documents with sentence-level annotations of eight different classes of exceptional measures that are im- plemented across these countries. We evalu- ated multiple multi-label classifiers on a manu- ally annotated corpus at sentence level. The XLM-RoBERTa model achieves highest per- formance on this multilingual multi-label clas- sification task, with a macro-average F1 score of 59.8%.