There is a lot of conference activity coming up!!  They are listed chronologically, with future events at the top of the page.
At the end of this file are various past conferences, for those who might want to know what they've missed!
Some of the links may no longer be active, especially those set up for past conferences.

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The Pragmatic Turn in Legal Interpretation

July 30 – August 1, 2014
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

The conference will address following four types of issues:

- to what extent are default inferences current in ordinary language treated differently in legal discourse, oral and written? Can standard implicatures be treated as being “in the text”? Which types of implicatures can and have been treated by interpretative processes as being “in the text”? What is the legal practice in this regard, and how can it be made explicit by linguistic analysis?

- if inference implies accessing language-external information, has legal practice evolved rules as to which types of external knowledge are to be accessed and which ones not? Are there differences and developments from historical and intercultural perspectives?

- what does the pragmatic turn in the analysis of legal discourse imply for any notion of “literal” interpretation?

- on the basis of the analysis of these questions, to what extent is it possible to define legal genres by their characteristic types of inferences, in contradistinction to genres from other domains and in methodological contradistinction from definitions by linguistic surface forms?

Convenors: Janet Giltrow (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) and Dieter Stein (University of Düsseldorf)
One page abstracts to be submitted to:

Janet Giltrow or Dieter Stein

by February 10, 2013.


The 15th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law (IRSL 2014)
        June 3-6, 2014
University of Copenhagen

IRSL invites all interested participants to the conference to be held at the Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. The roundtable welcomes a plurality of approaches, including those of legal studies, linguistics, philosophy, and social sciences. Abstracts of max. 300 words can be submitted by February 28th, 2014 to Joanna Jemielniak (, Anne Lise Kjær (, and Anne Wagner (


ERILL Third International Conference
Language and Law in Social Practice
15-16-17 May, 2014
Caserta, Italy

Conference Venue:

Royal Palace

The conference is sponsored by ERILL- Education and Research in Language and Law
English Language Chair, Department of Law
Second University of Naples

Call for Papers

Language and the Law - Bridging the Gaps
 Florianopolis, Brazil
December 11-13, 2013

Language and the Law – Bridging the Gaps is the first International Conference to be jointly sponsored by ALIDI (the newly formed Association for Language and Law for Speakers of Portuguese) and the IAFL, (the International Association of Forensic Linguists). The official languages of the Conference will be English and Portuguese.

The conference will be jointly hosted by PPGI (the Postgraduate Programme in English) and CCJ (the Centre for Legal Sciences), both of the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Florianopolis, Brazil. Most of the Conference will take place in the Centre for Communication and Expression on the main University campus, but we hope that there will be some sessions in a Court located on the perimeter of the Campus.

We invite Abstracts for both PAPERS and POSTERS on all topics within the areas of Language and the Law, Interaction in Legal Settings and Language as Evidence. We also invite proposals for Themed Colloquiaand Round Tables which will be allotted two-hour slots. Abstracts and proposals should be submitted electronically via the Conference website, which will be up and running at the end of March We will assume that the language of the abstract will also be the language of the presentation.

Abstracts are due by May 15, 2013


There will be a two-day conference on ’Wittgenstein, Language and Law’ at Aarhus University, Denmark. Date and time: 28 November 2013 (11:00 - 16:45) and 29 November 2013 (9:00 – 12:45). Information: . Registration deadline: 15 November 2013 the latest.

European Legal English Teachers’ Association (EULETA)
Legal English Workshop
28 September 2013
The Language Centre
University of Groningen, Netherlands

Theme:  Training our students to use plain English

Call for papers

The European Legal English Teachers' Association (EULETA). EULETA promotes continuing professional development for teachers of Legal English.

We organise regular conferences and workshops lead by experts in the field of Legal English. If you would like to offer a presentation/workshop/talk on the subject of training plain English skills at our next workshop, please complete the form below and return by 31 May 2013 to:

Please name the file: EULETA 2013 (PRESENTER NAME).doc

Roundtable on Forensic Linguistics
September 7th-­‐8th, 2013
Mainz, Germany

The Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics (GSFL) Roundtable will take place at the end of the 2013 International Summer School for Forensic Linguistic Analysis, also held in Mainz this year (September 2nd-­‐6th )

Abstracts are invited in all of the following areas:
Undergraduate and graduate  students will have an  opportunity to present their work and receive constructive feedback.

Abstracts are due June 15, 2013 to Dr. I. M. Laversuch Nick at

English website


Eighth Conference on Legal Translation, Court Interpreting and Comparative Legilinguistics
June 28-June 30, 2013
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

Topics include:

Email: lingua.

Making Linguistics Relevant to the Law

International Association of Forensic Linguists

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City
24-27 June, 2013

The International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) invites submissions for the eleventh biennial conference, to be hosted by The Language Engineering Group (GIL) at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City.

The conference offers a forum for presentations on all aspects of forensic linguistics and language and law, including but not limited to the following:

Conference webpage
Contact email:

Abstracts are due by October 26, 2012

The Third International Conference on Law, Language and Discourse
Legal Discourse: Forms and Functions

Shanghai, 3-6 June 2013
Shanghai Jiao Tong University

The Third International Conference on Law, Language and Discourse (LLD3), associated with Multicultural Association of Law and Language, invites theoretical studies, applicational cases, and relevant work-in-progress papers related to the theme - "Legal Discourse: Forms and Functions", including, but not limited to:
1. Law and Argumentation
2. Law and Discourse Analysis
3. Law and Literature
4. Law and Philosophy
5. Law and Systemic Functional Linguistics
6. Law and Corpus Linguistics
7. Law and Information Technology
8. Law and Logic
9. Law and Semantics
10. Law and Society

Abstracts (300-500 words) should be sent to Chao Meng ( before 31 Jan 2013.

Conference website

The Third International Conference on Law, Translation and Culture
Hangzhou, China
31 May-2 June 2013

The themes include but are not limited to the following strands:

Strand I: Language for Specific Purposes (LSP)

  1. Language for legal purposes
  2. Language for sci-tech purposes
  3. Language for business purposes
  4. Corpus linguistics and LSP
  5. Discourse analysis and LSP

Strand II: Translation/Interpreting for Specific Purposes (T/ISP)

  1. Trainings on legal translators and court interpreters
  2. Ethics of legal translators and court interpreters
  3. Fundamentals on legal translation and court interpreters
  4. Corpus and T/ISP
  5. Machine-based specialized translation

Strand III: Multiculturalism

  1. Legal cultures
  2. Business cultures
Individual proposals should be submitted to before 30 Nov 2012. Panel proposals should be submitted to and Le Cheng ( before 15 Dec 2012.


The 14th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law

Semioticizing and Semioticized Law

(IRSL 2013)
Hangzhou, 25-29 May, 2013
Zhejiang Police College

The 14th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law (IRSL2013) invites theoretical studies, applicational cases, and relevant work-in-progress papers on the key issues in  Semiotics and Law. IRSL2013 promotes research of, and welcomes participation from, researchers of different cultural and language backgrounds from different disciplines and across jurisdictions. The themes include but are not limited to the following strands: Semiotics & Police Language and Discourse;
Semiotics & Judicial Language and Discourse; Semiotics & Legislation; Semiotics & Legal Culture.

Abstract submission: 15 Dec, 2012 (300-500 words) to and Anne Wagner (
Early-bird Registration: 1 Feb-28 Feb, 2013

For more information, please visit the website.

Meaning, Context & Cognition (mcc 2013)

11-13 April 2013, University of Lodz, Poland

Department of English Language & Applied Linguistics

Conference contact e-mail:


Abstracts (max. 300 words) are invited for papers on topics relevant to the fields of meaning, context & cognition with the goal of the conference to integrate and promote both theoretical and applied research (e.g. corpus studies, interdisciplinary research) from the interface of semantics and pragmatics.

The topics invited for discussion during the 2013 MCC meeting include:


3rd European Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists

Forensic Linguistics: Bridging the Gap(s) between Language and the Law

15-18 October, 2012
    Porto, Portugal

The Faculty of Arts/Faculty of Law of the University of Porto (Porto, Portugal) will host the 3rd European Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists on the theme of Forensic Linguistics: Bridging the Gap(s) between Language and the Law. The conference, which is organised jointly by the two Faculties, aims to bridge the gap(s) between language and the law by sharing the latest research in the field of forensic linguistics/language and the law, and will be held from 15 to 18 October 2012.

Call deadline: 6 April 2012.

We invite abstract submissions for PAPERS and POSTERS dealing with forensic linguistics / language and the law including, but not limited to:

Legal Languages
Legal Discourse
Language minorities and the legal system
Law on language
Linguistic evidence and investigative linguistics
Other Related Sub-Themes


Workshop on Authorship Attribution at Brooklyn Law School
October 11 and 12, 2012

On October 11 and 12, 2012, there will be a Workshop on Authorship Attribution at Brooklyn Law School. Speakers will be scholars from the fields of forensic linguistics, computational linguistics and computer science. Discussants and commentators will be scholars in the areas of scientific evidence and statistics. The workshop is sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation, and by Brooklyn Law School’s Journal of Law & Policy, and its Center for the Study of Law, Language and Cognition. Attendance is free and open to anyone interested, but you must RSVP. Please visit

Summer Institute at the Faculty of Law, McGill University

  Monday, August 27th, 2012
(New Chancellor Day Hall, 3644 Peel Street, Montreal).

You can sign up today on this website .

The program is  also available. 

An application for recognition of the Institute as part of the mandatory continuing legal education requirements will be made to the Barreau du Québec.

Please notice that entrance is free but registration is mandatory. Please do not hesitate to share this invitation with your colleagues and students.

Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law

First PERSP Legal Philosophy Workshop

5 and 6 July, 2012
University of Cambridge

The organisers invite submissions for an international workshop on ‘Perspectival Legal Discourse’. The workshop will take place in Cambridge on July 5th and 6th, 2012.

More information

Regional Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
5-7 July 2012

 This conference aims to explore and share research developments in the field of forensic linguistics and language and the law by Identifying emerging trends, threats and challenges; Discussing issues of language and the law and courtroom practices, and Examining the roles of languages and linguistics in forensic studies or contexts. The organisers invite papers addressing the conference topics for a 20-minute oral presentation followed by 10 minutes for questions and answers. Please submit a 250-300-word abstract and 60-word biography to the Secretariat on or before January 15, 2012. Please also provide your full name and title, your university or departmental affiliation and the title of your paper. Acceptances will be announced by February 29, 2012. The conference website is at For more information, please contact the Organisers at


21-22 June 2012
Kent Centre for European and Comparative Law
Kent Law School, Canterbury, UK

    The Kent Centre for European and Comparative Law invites participation in an international conference entitled “Comparative Law: Engaging Translation” to be held at Kent Law School, Canterbury, UK on 21-22 June 2012.
    This international conference aims to promote a heightened understanding of the complex translational implications of comparative legal research. The conference’s main assumption is that the question of comparative law is through and through one of translation. Yet, even in today’s globalised world where the need to communicate beyond borders arises in ways that are possibly unprecedented, most comparatists, for reasons which participants will want to explore, continue not to address the issue of translation as it pertains to comparative law. For example, after more than forty years in print and three editions, the leading textbook in the
field remains silent on the subject-matter of translation. This conference seeks to attract critical and interdisciplinary papers that will draw on fields such as translation studies, linguistics, literary theory, sociology, philosophy or postcolonial studies in order to analyse the central role of translation in comparative law, understood both in its literal and metaphorical senses.

Call for papers

13th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law (IRSL 2012)
(6-9 June 2012)
Fresh Waters from an Old Spring: The Semiotics of Restorative Justice, Recognizing Harms and Healing Communities Anew with Old Ways.
Conveners: Jack B. Hamlin & Chandrika Kelso
Archivist: Steven Fleisher
Conference Venue: National University,
La Jolla, California, USA
Proposals in either English or French (max 300 words) should be sent only by e-mail by 15 February 2012 to Jack B. Hamlin at and to Anne Wagner at
Selected papers will be published in a special annual issue of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (

2nd International Conference on Law, Translation and Culture
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University & City University London

Hong Kong, 31 May - 2 June 2012

More information

Clarity conference 2012

May 21-21, 2012
Washington, D.C.


Clarity is calling for papers (sort of) and seeking volunteers for Clarity2012 ­-- our conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC in May next year.


Call for focused papers


Reflecting Clarity's legal focus, Clarity2012 has:

  • in general, a more pronounced focus on legal matters than some of our previous conferences; and
  • in particular, the theme of learning from, and encouraging, activity responding to the US Plain Writing Act of 2010.

In that light, we are calling for papers that strongly reflect Clarity's focus and theme. However, to be frank, we have only a very few speaking sessions available. So our ability to accept papers is restricted. This is due to various factors including: conference room availability and cost; and the time we have left to piece the conference together.  Our apologies. 


If you would like to submit a paper, then please email a very brief outline (less than 250 words) to Make sure your outline shows how the paper fits Clarity2012's focus and theme. (And please don't be upset if we can't fit you in.)

Further Information

2nd International Conference

Law, Language and Professional Practice

10-12 May 2012               
Faculty of Law – University of Naples 2
Santa Maria Capua Vetere – Caserta - Italy

For further informtio, click here.


2nd International Conference on Law, Language and Discourse
Multiculturalism, Multimodality and Multidimensionality

Zhejiang Police College
Hangzhou, 20-22 April 2012

Crossing Boundaries: Working and Communicating in the Asia Pacific Region

March 13-15, 2012

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Third Conference of the Asia-Pacific Rim LSP (Languages for Specific Purposes) and Professional Communication Association.

Abstracts due Sept. 1, 2011


11th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law


"Intercultural Awareness in Legal Language"


Public Law Department – School of Law of Fluminense Federal University – UFF (Rio de Janeiro – Brazil)


Dates: 11-13 November 2011

Hosted by Evandro Carvalho (Brazil)
Co-organizer: Anne Wagner (France)

The 2011 roundtable will focus on the contribution of legal semiotics to discuss the different ways of thinking the "legal" in a world's cultural diversity. It is hoped that the papers will reflect the interdisciplinary nature of legal semiotics research as well as the challenges of working in the field. In this context, proposals from a wide variety of semiotic perspectives are invited. These might include but are not limited to papers on:

Young researchers working in related areas are particularly encouraged to participate.

In the interest of a cohesive round table, prospective participants are requested to adhere to the theme as outlined in the call for papers.

Proposals in either English, Spanish, French or Portuguese (max 300 words) should be sent only by e-mail by 15 May 2011 to, and to Anne Wagner (

Parliamentary Discourses across Cultures: Interdisciplinary Approaches

Bucharest, Romania
September 23-24, 2011

You are cordially invited to participate in the international conference on Parliamentary Discourses across Cultures, organized by the Centre for
Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (University of Bucharest,  Faculty of Letters), in connection with the Research Project Tradition and Modernity in
the Romanian Parliamentary Discourse: a Pragma-Rhetorical Approach, sponsored by the CNCSIS - UEFISCSU (code 2136/ 2008, PN II IDEI).

The conference has an interdisciplinary scope and is open to specialists in several fields, such as Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, History, Political
Sciences, Sociology, Media and Communication.

Abstracts due May 1, 2011


Uncovering Plagiarism, Authorship, and Social Software Misuse

19-22 September 2011
Amsterdam, Netherlands

The 5th International Workshop on Uncovering Plagiarism, Authorship, and Social Software Misuse (PAN'11) will be held in conjunction with the CLEF conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on September 19-22, 2011.

Contact: Martin Potthast
Meeting URL:

11th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law
Intercultural Awareness in Legal Language

Public Law Department – School of Law oof Fluminense Federal University – UFF (Rio de Janeiro – Brazil)
Dates: 11-13 November 2011

Hosted by Evandro Carvalho (Brazil)

Co-organizer: Anne Wagner (France)

Abstract deadline: 15 July 2011


Jurilinguistics Summer Institute

 August 29, 2011, in Montreal, Canada

Après le succès du 4e Institut d’été de jurilinguistique l’an dernier à Moncton, c’est avec grand plaisir que nous vous informons de la tenue d’une nouvelle édition de ce rendez-vous annuel.

This year, the Jurilinguistics Summer Institute will take place in Montreal, Quebec. For this 5th Edition we’ll offer you a program that addresses theoretical and practical issues, combining lectures, panels and workshops. This year, we have the privilege to work in collaboration with the European Union Centre of Excellence ( Therefore, a European perspective on Jurilinguistics will have an important place.

Réservez la date pour le 29 août/Save the date for August 29th.

Nous vous recontacterons prochainement avec plus de détails sur le programme et les modalités d’inscription. Pour plus d’information sur les derniers Instituts d’été, SVP visitez le site : SVP n’hésitez pas à distribuer cette information parmi vos contacts.


Ulan-Ude and Lake Baikal, Buryatia, Russian Federation
22-25 August 2011

In 2009 UNESCO has published an Internet Atlas of the endangered languages in most countries of the world. The Foundation for Endangered Languages (FEL) has been involved in the preparation of this Atlas and works further on the collection of data which will make the presented information up-to date. In various parts of the world Regional Interest Groups of the FEL are created which have tasks to establish and strengthen the relation of specialists with minority language communities and organisations in their region and to report on experiences of such communities in the field of language learning, conservation and possible revitalisation.

The Conference at Lake Baikal will make it possible to realize part of these tasks by inviting scholars from China, Mongolia and Russia, who are involved in the study of (endangered) minority languages, in particular Altaic and Paleo-Asiatic languages, such as Buryat, Oirat, Manchu, Evenk, Soiot, Tyva Yukagir, Orok and Nivkh. We invite colleagues to contribute to the conference with papers on the documentation and teaching of these languages and hope to create a network for representatives of these languages who will form a Regional Interest Group of the FEL and contribute to the improvement of the UNESCO Atlas.

Conference Languages: Russian, English, Chinese and Mongolian

First Call for Papers
    Abstracts have to be received from possible participants before April 2011   
    They should have a maximum size of 500 words and be sent to
    Ljubov Radnaeva [] and
    Tjeerd de Graaf []
    Selection of abstracts by the programme committee before May 2011

1st International Conference on Law, Language and Discourse

August 20-21, 2011
City University of Hong Kong

Call for Papers Deadline: 15-Apr-2011

The LLD Conference invites papers on all aspects of law, language and discourse, including, but not limited to:

1. Legislative language
2. Courtroom language
3. Language in the proceeding of investigation (including police interrogation, cover investigation, conversation in prison, etc.)
4. Legal translation & court interpretation
5. Education and training on LLP (Language for Legal Purposes)
6. Language evidence as a system
7. Discourse analysis of legal texts
8. Legal terminology
9. Legal discourse and information retrieval
10. Language planning and Language rights

For more information, go to linguist list

International Association of Forensic Linguists

Aston University (U.K.), July  11-14, 2011. 

(1) INDIVIDUAL PAPERS are invited for presentations of 20 minutes, with a further 10 minutes allowed for questions. Abstracts should be 250-300 words long and should be submitted at Unsuccessful proposals may be offered to be presented alternatively as a poster (see below).

(2) COLLOQUIA, scheduled for 2-hour blocks, with a maximum of two linked sessions. Colloquia organisers may organise as they choose, but time should be allocated for presentations, discussion and audience response. Colloquia organisers serve as the liaison between participants and the conference organisers. Proposals will also be reviewed by the Scientific Committee. Proposals should be 250-300 words long, with an indication of participants and a brief description of their contribution. They should be submitted at

(3) POSTERS. Proposals for posters should be up to 250 words long. Posters should be of A0 size (841mm x 1189mm) in portrait orientation. Posters may be accepted for research projects (for example from student dissertations) where no data has yet been collected.

(4) GRADUATE PROJECT WHIRLWIND. It is proposed that we hold a session of 1.5 hours designed to enable current PhD researchers and graduate students (and recent graduates of such programmes) to make contact with others who may be facing similar issues in their research and receive advice from more experienced researchers. The session will comprise a series of strictly timed 5 minute slots where presenters might wish to speak about how they got access to sensitive data, how they overcame a particular analysis problem or how their research question changed over the course of their PhD. The five minute slots will be interspersed with 10 minute discussion sessions. To participate in the whirlwind no abstract is required, and you may of course submit an abstract for an individual presentation, colloquia or poster, alongside your participation in the whirlwind.  If you would be interested in participating in such a session please indicate your interest on the electronic admission form and we will contact you with further details nearer the conference.

To contact the organisers, use the contact form at

Law & Language

4 & 5 July 2011
Faculty of Laws at University College London.

This interdisciplinary colloquium celebrates the wide and diverse relationship between Law and Language. Language and law are inextricably linked in many ways: rules are expressed, understood, and interpreted in language; legislation too is a special form of expression, as is a judge’s opinion. We might think too about the way we speak about law: how does the language of rights or the language of power harness, constrain and change our perceptions of law? How language works to shape and enrich our understanding of law is also important: for example, semantics, hermeneutics, linguistics, logic, semiotics, psycholinguistics, syntax, pragmatics, each reveal deeper ideas. Analytic techniques from many other disciplines like Literature, Philosophy, Neuroscience, Economics, Geography, Anthropology and Psychology (to name but a few) each reveal new insights into the way we perceive language and law in general, how we work with language in law and how we might understand the place of language in specific areas of law, including Contract, Tort or International Law for example. The relationship between law and language extends to broader notions of language as communication too, like the crucial role of silence and non-verbal communication. In essence, the relationship between law and language is varied and complex. The ideas expressed here only touch on the many diverse ways law and language interact. We invite papers from a broad spectrum of ideas and disciplines on the relationship between law and language.

Conference Website
Final Program 

Sixth Conference on Legal Translation, Court Interpreting and Comparative Legilinguistics (Legal Linguistics)

June 30-July 2, 2011
Poznan, Poland

The Institute of Linguistics at Adam Mickiewicz University will hold an international conference devoted to language and the law. Our aim is to provide a forum for discussion in those scientific fields where linguistic and legal interests converge, and to facilitate integration between linguists, computer scientists and lawyers from all around the world.
The conference will be held over 3 days, from 30th June to 2nd July 2011 in Poznan, Poland. We invite papers on the following topics:




23–24 JUNE 2011
Cardiff University, UK

The conference will take place at Cardiff University in the UK and will likely have several panels on language and law.

Conference website

 Law, Language and Literature

17 and 18 June 2011


The CRCL (Centre for Research on Common Law) is organizing a conference on “law, language and literature” to be held on 17 and 18 June 2011 at the University of Paris Ouest (Nanterre-La Défense).

 Legal adjudication is fundamentally a question of interpretation. Despite the presence of interpretation sections in statutes and other legal documents, it is characteristic of lawyers and judges to argue about the meaning of words. More generally, the social sciences and the humanities are all concerned with language, and more specifically with meaning. The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers in law, philosophy, linguistics and literary studies, to examine the mutual relevance of their work in this field.

 Papers are invited on the following topics, preferably, but not exclusively with reference to the law of common law countries:

 1. Philosophical and linguistic theories of meaning, legal definitions and judicial interpretation

2. Argumentation theories and judicial argumentation

3. The functions of literary references in judicial argumentation

4. Other aspects of the relevance of the literary disciplines (poetics, literary rhetoric, stylistics, narratology, literary criticism) for the analysis of law (excluding representations of law in literature)

 Offers of papers with a 200-word abstract, a biographical note and contact details should be addressed by 30 January 2011 to the two organizers:

Ross Charnock (Senior Lecturer at Paris Dauphine): Sebastian McEvoy (Professor at Paris Ouest University):

The Thirteenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
June 10, 2011

There will be a workshop at the conference on Applying Human Language Technology to the Law (AHLTL 2011)


Additional Information

Paris, May 19-21, 2011

The FIT Committee for Legal Translation and Court Interpreting in cooperation with the French Interpreters¡¦ and Translators Association (UNETICA)
and the support of Institut Superieur d'Interpretation et de Traduction (ISIT) organizes under the auspices of the International Federation of Translators
and is pleased to invite translators, interpreters, academics, researchers and students to attend the Paris International Forum.

Deadline for sending abstracts: 15 January 2011
Length of abstracts: not more than 500 characters
Authors are expected to send their abstracts to: Monique ROUZET LELIEVRE, UNETICA, 7 rue Pierre Bocher, 95230 SOISY SOUS MONTMORENCY, FRANCE (

Venue: Paris Court (Palais de justice de Paris)
Salle des Criées
4 Boulevard du Palais
75001 Paris, France


The Letter of the Law

May 5-8, 2011
Athens, Greece

The 8th International Conference of the Hellenic Association for the Study of English (HASE) is organised and hosted by the Faculty of English Studies at the University of Athens.
Our theme for 2011 is “The Letter of the Law” and invites inquiry into the intersections of literature, language and the law. The conference seeks to rethink the formulation and the violation of the law and the complex mediations between the lexis and the lex, as issues of law and justice become yet again imperative in our contemporary world.

For all queries please contact the organisers:

Mata Dimakopoulou (University of Athens)
Christina Dokou (University of Athens)
Elly Ifantidou (University of Athens)
Efterpi Mitsi, HASE Chair (University of Athens)
Angeliki Tzanne (University of Athens)

Conference website

Legal Translation in the European Union: new frontiers between complexity of multilingualism and Plain English

Milan, Italy
April 8, 2011

For information, click here

14th Annual Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities Conference
March 11-12, 2011
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities is an organization of scholars engaged in interdisciplinary, humanistic legal scholarship. The Association brings together a wide range of people engaged in scholarship on legal history, legal theory, jurisprudence, law and cultural studies, law and literature, law and the performing arts, and legal hermeneutics. We want to encourage dialogue across and among these fields about issues of interpretation, identity, ideals, values, authority, obligation, justice, and about law�s place in culture.

We will be accepting proposals for panels, roundtables, papers, and volunteers for chairs and discussants from July 1 until October 15th 2010.


'The Role of Legal Translation in Legal Harmonization'

Friday, 21 January 2011, 9:00 - 18:00 hrs

On 21 January 2011 the Centre for the Study of European Contract Law and the Amsterdam Circle for Law & Language (ACLL) organize an international conference on the Role of Legal Translation in Legal Harmonization.


 - Ingemar Strandvik, Quality manager, Directorate A of DGT, European Commission

- Manuela Guggeis, Head of Quality Unit, Legal Service, Council of the European Union

- Susan Šarčević, Professor in Legal English and EU Terminology, University of Rijeka Faculty of Law (Croatia)

- Marta Chromá, Law Faculty of Charles University, Prague (Czech Republic)

- G.R. de Groot, Professor Comparative Law/International Law, University of Maastricht (Netherlands)

- Geoffrey Samuel, Professor Comparative Law, Kent Law School, University of Kent

- Barbara Pozzo, Professor of Private Comparative Law, University of Insubria (Italy)

For more information, click here.

Explaining the Law to Others: Message Received… and Understood! (October 21st and 22nd, 2010)

The conference, at the Centre Mont-Royal de Montréal will be a milestone event, and promises to make a concrete contribution to the development and exchange of expertise in the area of plain language and the law. This conference is geared to professionals working in legal fields.  For more information, go to


The 2010 Clarity conference will take place in Lisbon from 12-14 October, 2010.  Clarity is an international organization that promotes plain legal language.  For more, go to

The 9th International Roundtable for Semiotics of Law (IRSL 2010)

 3-6 September 2010 - Poznań

 Legal Rules, Moral Norms and Democratic Principles


Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań, University of Łódź, Poznańskie Towarzystwo Przyjaciół Nauk

 Conference Venue:

Department of Philosophy, Adam Mickiewicz University & PTPN, Poznań

 The 9th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law invites all interested in problems concerning Legal Rules, Moral Norms and Democratic Principles to take part in our meeting in Poznań (Poland). The perspective of considerations – whether it is purely semiotic, legal, philosophical, sociological, cultural, sociolinguistic etc. – is free to be chosen by each participant.

We invite everyone who would be interested to participate in The 9th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law to send us an application till the 1st of May 2010. It should be prepared in either English or French (max 300 words) and sent by e-mail to;; and to Anne Wagner at .

Selected papers will be published in a special annual issue of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (

European Legal English Teachers’ Association

The European Legal English Teachers' Association (EULETA) was formed by teachers, writers, lawyers and academics to promote continuing professional development for teachers of legal English.

EULETA 2010 Conference

We are pleased to announce that the 2010 EULETA Conference will be held at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Germany.  3rd - 5th September, 2010

Visit the EULETA website at or contact Matt Firth -

Summer Institute of Jurilinguistics

The Summer Institute of Jurilinguistics will be held on August 13, 2010 at the Salon du Chancelier, Moncton University, Moncton, New Brunswick. You can sign up today on this web site:

Please notice that entrance is free but registration is mandatory.

26-30 July 2010, Aston University

The Conference will bring together representatives from every sphere of the public service interpreting community: academics, interpreting practitioners, employers, trainers, policy makers, service providers and service recipients to shed new light on the vital role that public service/community interpreters play in our world.

The theme of the conference is Interpreting in a Changing Landscape. The aim is to explore political, legal, human rights, trans-national, economic, socio-cultural, and sociolinguistic aspects of public service/community interpreting.

Website for additional information.

Second International Workshop on Forensic Linguistics/Language and the Law:
present dimensions and new perspectives and challenges.

Date: July 9, 2010

Venue: Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Campus de la Comunicació - Auditorium
Roc Boronat, 138
08018 Barcelona (Spain)

The Second international workshop on Forensic Linguistics/Language and the Law: present dimensions and new perspectives and challenges is a  one-day conference event which will take place on the occasion of the official opening of ForensicLab to be held on July 9, 2010.

The Language of Law:
pulling together different strands and disciplines
International Workshop


17-18 June 2010
Santa Maria Capua Vetere – Caserta

The Law Faculty of the Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli (University of Naples 2) – Department of Legal Sciences - English Language Chair - is hosting its first international workshop to bring together linguists, legal scholars and practitioners, to explore the issues of language in the law in English and other European and non-European languages, cultures and systems. We therefore invite colleagues to submit papers on theoretical and applied perspectives of language in a variety of areas of law (civil, criminal, administrative, European/international), in academic, professional and institutional contexts. Papers may address aspects of language and law, also from an interdisciplinary perspective, on any of the following broad theme areas:
● legal discourse and genre, including ethnographic or corpus-based analyses of legal discourse in the media
● power relations and ideology in the law
● cross-cultural legal communication
● pedagogy of legal language (LSP, ESP, EAP)
● legal translation and interpreting
● forensic linguistics
● plain language and the law

Abstract Submission
Contributors are invited to send an anonymous abstract in MS Word (12pt) of not more than 300 words (excluding references) by no later than 15st December 2009 to the following address:

Conference website

LawTerm 2010, May 28-30, 2010

1st International Workshop on Legal Terminology hosted by the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics, University of Łódź

The original deadline expires on 20th of February but has been extended for ILLA members until the end of February. The meeting website is:

International Conference on Legal Linguistics
Law and Language in International Partnerships and Conflicts

Rarely do researchers and practitioners in both law and language have the opportunity to get together and share their latest insights. Lapland and Rovaniemi now stand ready to provide a forum conducive to this end.

         Dates:  17-20 March 2010

Abstract deadline: 15 December 2009

Venue: University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland

 For conference details, please visit the following link:

West Coast Roundtable on Language and Law

The Second West Coast Roundtable on Language and Law will be held on September 25, 2009 at Seattle University. The Roundtable offers an opportunity to present preliminary work, share data, and discuss contemplated research or work in progress in a relaxed and collegial small group setting. If you are interested in attending or for further information, please contact Janet Ainsworth, Seattle University School of Law,

Summer Institute of Jurilinguistics

August 31, 2009

Practitioners in the fields of legal translation, terminology, law and language, and jurilinguistics, and anyone who is interested in the field, are invited to attend. This full-day event is free.

Notre programme pour l’Institut d’été de jurilinguistique, qui aura lieu le 31 août prochain, à Montréal, est maintenant en ligne !

  Réunissant des spécialistes de la traduction juridique, de la terminologie et de la jurilinguistique, ce troisième Institut saura plaire à tous les passionné(e)s des mots du droit !

Register now by filling out the registration form that you will find on our website. 

8th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law (IRSL 2009)

(2-5 December 2009)




Convenor: Vijay K. Bhatia

Conference Venue: Department of English, City University of Hong Kong .

Proposals in either English or French (max 300 words) should be sent by e-mail by the 1st of May 2009 to Vijay K. Bhatia at and to Anne Wagner at

24th World Congress of Law and Social Philosophy
 15-20 September 2009, Beijing.

Workshop title: Law and Language: Explorations on Courtroom Discourse.

Le Cheng, City University of Hong Kong/China University of Political Sciences and Law (
Anne Wagner, Universite du Littoral Co´te d'Opale (

Deadline for Abstracts
Please send an abstract (1000-4000 words) to before 15 June, 2009.

Date for Notification
15 July, 2009

This workshop aims to focus on an important aspect of language and law, namely, language and discourse in the courtroom. Courtroom language and discourse provides a substantial mine of data for jurisprudence, sociology, linguistics and other related disciplines. There is a growing interest in the theme courtroom discourse� in both the academic field and the legal professionals.
The appeal of this workshop will show the actionable knowledge it could bring to this field of research and practice. The workshopwill reflect the interdisciplinary nature of law and discourse study in courtroom and would like to focus on a comparative viewpoint. The themes include but are not limited to:
- Analysis of judge's language (e.g. judge's summation, judge's instruction)
- Lawyer's strategies and manipulation in court examinations
- Analysis of prosecution's language
- Linguistic evidence in courtroom
- Expert witness in courtroom
- Contrast between courtroom discourse and other types of discourse

All the abstracts and papers for the workshop will be published on the congress website:

XVII European Symposium on Languages for Special Purposes:
Methods and Aims - (re.)Conceptualising LSP Reseach

Aarhus School of Business, Unversity of Aarhus, August 17--21, 2009.

This conference is not about law, strictly speaking, but includes discussion of the language of professionals, including lawyers.

International Association of Forensic Linguists’ 9th Biennial Conference

The conference will take place between Monday July 6 and Thursday July 9 2009 at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Topics will include:
Abstracts are due November 14, 2008

The Organising Committee for the event are: Tessa van Charldorp, Fleur van der Houwen, Martha Komter, Keun Sliedrecht and Petra Sneijder, all of the Department of Language and Communication, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
    Website: click here.

If you have any further questions about the conference, please direct them to Dr Fleur van der Houwen (email:

Fourth Conference on Translation, Interpreting and Comparative Legi-Linguistics

The Institute of Linguistics at Adam Mickiewicz University will hold an international conference devoted to language and the law. Our aim is to provide a forum for discussion in those scientific fields where linguistic and legal interests converge, and to facilitate integration between linguists, computer scientists and lawyers from all around the world.
The conference will be held over 3 days, from 2nd to 4th July 2009 in Poznan, Poland. We invite papers on the following topics:


Session proposals and any questions should be submitted to the following address:

Presentation slots should not exceed 30 minutes (20 minutes long presentation plus 10 minutes for questions). Papers from the conference will be published.

Abstracts of the papers should be submitted by the end of February 2009 to the following address:

Researching Language and the Law: Intercultural Perspectives

June 18-20, 2009, in Bergamo, Italy

For website, click here.

Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association
Denver, Colorado USA
May 28 - 31, 2009

    Peter Tiersma, Bethany Dumas, and Larry Solan will be organizing several language and law panels for this conference.  It generally attracts an international audience of scholars--legal, sociological, anthropological, linguistic, etc.--and is a good place to interact with people interested in interdisciplinary work that relates to law.  For more information, go to
        Peter Tiersma will organize the panels this year.  If you would like to participate on one of our panels, you must send the following to me before November 26, 2008: I will then let you know in a few days or so whether we can place your proposed talk on one of our language and law panels (which will depend on subject matter and the number of available slots).  You will then need to submit your paper by December 8 to the LSA with the session number that I will provide you.  This will guarantee that your talk will be on one of the language and law sessions that we are organizing.
        If we cannot accommodate your talk, I will also let you know and you will be able to submit it as an individual paper (also by December 8), and it will be assigned to an appropriate panel by the LSA conference organizers.        

Call for Contributions

Treatise on Legal Visual Semiotics

Reference Work

 2 volumes (1,000 pages each)

Publisher: SPRINGER

  EDITORS: Anne Wagner, Sophie Cacciaguidi-Fahy, and Richard Sherwin

Expression of interest should be addressed by e-mail to

Date of submission: Abstracts of 2 pages to be submitted by 15 January 2009

The Language of Terrorists and Terrorism in the 21st Century (LTT21C):


Venue: Gregynog Conference Centre, Newtown, Mid-Wales

 Conference page:

Ethics in Forensic Linguistics 

A panel called “Ethical Issues in Forensic Linguistic Consulting” will take place at the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America January 8 to 11 at the San Francisco Hilton. Roger Shuy will chair a panel that includes professors Geoffrey Nunberg, Gail Stygall, Ronald Butters, Edward Finegan, and Janet Ainsworth.

This is a session at the Linguistic Society of America annual meeting in San Francisco on Jan 8-11 2009.

Workshop on the Natural Language Engineering of Legal Argumentation: 
Language, Logic, and Computation

Collocated with the 21st International Conference on Legal Knowledge 
and Information Systems (JURIX 2008)

The Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques (ITTIG-CNR) 
and the European University Institute (EUI)

Florence, Italy
December 10-13, 2008

Position Paper Submission Deadline: Friday. November 7, 2008
Position Paper Acceptance Notification: Monday November 17, 2008
JURIX Conference Dates: December 11-12, 2008
Workshop Date:  Saturday, December 13, 2008

Contact: Dr. Adam Wyner,

International Conference on Forensic Linguistics

7th ~ 8th November 2008
Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
Guangzhou, P. R. C

For more, go to this site.

Clarity Conference on Plain Legal Language

Mexico City, 20-23 November 2008

with simultaneous translation between each of
English, French, and Spanish

Conference page updated with
a slightly revised programme and updated credit-card payment details (19.9.08)
and a revised registration timetable (12.9.08)

"The Promise of Legal Semiotics"

7th International Round Table for the Semiotics of Law

Co-organised by:  Sophie Cacciaguidi-Fahy and Anne Wagner

Dates: July 1-4, 2008

Location: Université du Littoral, Côte d’Opale (France) 

Keynote addresses: The Round Table will feature two keynote addresses:


Professor Eric Landowski, Research Director at the Centre for Political Research at Sciences Po (CEVIPOF) and affiliated to the CNRS and coeditor of the Nouveaux Actes Sémiotiques AND Professor Bernard Jackson, Alliance Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester, two of the early pioneers of law and semiotics.

Topics to be explored include the central debates in legal semiotics and the progress/key developments in the last decade; how we acquire knowledge in the field including the role of different research ‘approaches’; method, methodology and epistemology in legal semiotics; the relevant contribution of different theoretical traditions in legal semiotics; new approaches to studying legal texts and legal discourse in different legal cultures; the promises and limits of deconstructionism in studying the law, legal cultures; the political and/or ideological uses of particular approaches in legal semiotics.

Call for Papers - Deadline February 15th: Abstracts in either English or French (max. 300 words) should be sent only by e-mail to  Decisions will be made by early April.

For further information on the Round Table, see or contact sophie Cacciaguidi-Fahy at

2008 Joint Annual Meetings of Law and Society Association and Canadian Law and Society Association May 29 - June 1 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

There will be several sessions devoted to language and law.  For more information, go to this site.

The International Association of Forensic Linguists' 8th Biennial Conference

     The meeting will take place at the University of Washington, Seattle from 12th - 15th July 2007. The Conference website is now online and will be updated regularly with news and information as the Conference approaches.
    Plenary speakers will be Janet Ainsworth and Malcolm Coulthard.  There will be a special session (chaired by yours truly--i.e. Peter Tiersma) honoring Rogor Shuy.

Session on the Language of Jury Instructions at Association of American Law Schools
Washington, DC, January 6, 2007

Program: Writing Jury Instructions in Plain English
Presenters: Justice James Ward (chair of California's Committee on Civil Jury Instruction); Justice Carol Corrigan (chair of California's Committee on Criminal Jury Instructions); and Professors Peter Tiersma, Wayne Schiess, and Joe Kimble (who have written about and been involved in jury-instructions projects).
Date and Time: Saturday, January 6, 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 a.m.
Place: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Hoover Room, Mezzanine Level

Round Tables for the Semiotics of Law (IRSL)

6th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law:  SIGNS OF THE TIMES
will be held 28 – 30 June 2007, Wollongong, Australia.
    Proposals (a title + max 200 words) should be sent by 31 January 2007 to:  Dr Rick Mohr, Faculty of Law, University of Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia email:

Law and Society Association
Baltimore, July 6-9, 2006

    As usual, there are several panels on language and law being planned for this conference.  For more information, click here.
    Panels are currently being organized by Peter Tiersma, Larry Solan, and Bethany Dumas.

Second IAFL European Conference on Forensic Linguistics/Language and the Law
Barcelona, Spain,
14 ~ 16 SEPTEMBER, 2006.

Location:  Institut Universitari de Lingüística Aplicada IULA), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, .
Organized by:   UVAL (Unitat de Variació Lingüística - and ForensicLab (Laboratori de Lingüística Forense ­
Conference chairperson:         Professor M. Teresa Turell.
Program is now available.

International Summer School in Forensic Linguistics
Aston University, Birmingham, UK
September, 2006

Poznan conference on language and law

A conference on language and law will be held in Poznan, Poland, in September 27-29,  2006.  For more information, go to

The Round Tables for the Semiotics of Law (IRSL) 2006 were held in France on May 17-20 at the Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale.

Language and Law Conference

Düsseldorf, Germany - May 17th-19th, 2006

Click here for more information.

This conference took place in Mickeln Castle and was co-sponsored by the Heinrich-Heine-University of Dusseldorf and UCLA.

Law and Society Association,
Collaborative Research Network on Language and Law

The annual meeting of the Law and Society Association in 2005 took place June 2-5 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For more information, visit

The CRN on Language and Law organized four  panels during this conference.

For more information, contact






Featured Speakers:
Roger W. Shuy, Professor Emeritus,
Georgetown University
John M. Conley,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Special panel: "Language and the Criminal Law"
Lawrence Solan, Convenor: Brooklyn Law School
Peter Tiersma, Loyola Law School
Janet Cotterill, Cardiff University, UK

Linguists as expert witnesses, analyzing and presenting linguistic evidence
2. Courtroom discourse / language of judges and juries
3. Language policy planning
4. Linguistic change and legal policy planning development
5. Trademark language in advertising and the law
6. Legal definitions and libel
7. The role of plagiarism with respect to the law
8. The implications of "legalese" versus standard language in the courtroom
9. The interpretation of dialects with respect to the law
10. Linguistics and Common Roman Law
11. Translation and the Law / Courtroom interpreters
13. Misconceptions about Language and the Law

                                                            Local host and Co-chair:

Effie Papatzikou Cochran,
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
( and

Tel: (212) 237-8592 and 212-877-8711

Co-chair: Josef Fioretta, Hofstra University
( Tel: (516) 463-5440

Conference Coordinator: Johanna J. Woltjer
511 West 112 Street # 14
New York, NY 10025-1634, USA
 ( Tel. (212) 749-3366

International Association of Forensic Linguists

Biannual conference was held in Cardiff, Wales, during July 1-4, 2005

Conference website

Contact: Janet Cotterill (

Transparence et Opacité du Discours juridique
Clarity and Obscurity in Legal Language

July 5-9, 2005
Boulogne-sur-Mer (France)

Secrétariat de la conférence / Conference secretariat:

Catherine Wadoux et Monique Random
17, rue du Puits d’Amour
B.P. 751
62321 Boulogne-sur-Mer Cédex
Tel : 03-21-99-45-60
Fax : 03-21-99-45-61

Le site web de la conférence / Conference Website

Language and the Law 2005: East meets West

Department of English Language
University of Lodz

12 ­-14 September 2005


Contact: Krzysztof Kredens<kredensk@HHS.BHAM.AC.UK>

An interdisciplinary conference on legal communication was held in Warsaw on 2-4 December 2004.
There is some more information available in Word format.

For details, contact

Dr Anna Jopek-Bosiacka
Institute of Applied Linguistics
Warsaw University
Browarna 8/10
00-311 Warsaw, Poland

Law and Society Association Annual Meeting
May 26-30, 2004

Renaissance Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA


The Collaborative Research Network on  Language and Law organized  four panels on language and law:

1.   Juries and the Problems of Language
2.    Courtroom Language
3.    Legal Interpretation
4.   Comparative Perspectives

Conference on Forensic Linguistics/Language and Law 2004

4th - 5th July, 2004

Conference Website

Cardiff University will host a 2-day conference on forensic linguistics/language and law on the 4th and 5th of July 2004.

The conference will begin after lunch on 4th July and will finish on the afternoon of the 5th July and will be held at Gregynog Hall, a beautiful stately home in mid-Wales owned by the University of Wales.

International Roundtables for the Semiotics of Law

Date: 07-Jul-2004 - 12-Jul-2004
Location: Lyon, France
Contact: Anne Wagner
Contact Email: