ORGANIZATIONS DEVOTED TO THE STUDY OF
LANGUAGE AND LAW


THE INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE AND LAW ASSOCIATION

   
ILLA was organized to be an overarching informational resource that is free to all interested individuals.  For more information, go to its website.  The website contains information on recent books, upcoming conferences, links, and similar information.  ILLA has not yet begun to organize its own conferences, but it may do so in the future.

THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FORENSIC LINGUISTS. 

   
    This is an organization whose members tend to have some linguistic training (or, at least, are interested in language) and who also have an interest in language and  law.  Members tend to do research in areas like
forensic linguistics (linguistic evidence/expertise), linguistic interaction in the courtroom, analysis/interpretation of legal texts, court interpreting, multilingualism/language policy, ethics of testifying/consulting on linguistic matters, corpus-based approaches to legal issues.
    The IAFL holds a meeting once every two years (odd numbered years).  Past conferences have been in Malta, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Seattle. 
    The journal of the IAFL is the International Journal of Speech, Language and Law (formerly Journal of Forensic Linguistics).  Members receive a copy as part of their dues.
    For more information and membership details, visit their website.


LAW AND SOCIETY ASSOCIATION, COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH NETWORK ON LANGUAGE AND LAW.

    This is a relatively informal group of people who interested in language and law and who fairly regularly attend the annual meetings of the Law and Society Association.  The LSA is a relatively large organization that includes legal academics, sociologists, political scientists, linguists, etc.  It is a good place to interact with people from a number of disciplines interested in the interaction between law and related fields.
   
    The CRN on language and law was organized by Bethany Dumas, Larry Solan, and Peter Tiersma to organize panels at the meetings of the LSA.  We try to organize three or four panels each year.  For more information, contact Bethany Dumas (dumasb@utkux.utcc.utk.edu).


INTERNTIONAL ROUNDTABLE FOR THE SEMIOTICS OF LAW (IRSL).

    This organization
is a forum which aims at developing international multi-disciplinary networks, at contributing to the teaching and research of the semiotics of law and at promoting any action susceptible to enhance the notoriety and the recognition of our discipline. IRSL meets on a yearly basis in Europe and in the Americas alternatively to discuss thematic issues relating to Semiotics and Law around a round table. Its president is Anne Wagner (valwagnerfr@yahoo.com).
 
Semiotics of Law is the website associated with the International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law and with The International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (http://www.semioticsoflaw.com)
 
The International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (http://www.springer.com/law/journal/11196)  is published on behalf of the International Roundtables for the Semiotics of Law (IRSL). IRSL held its first annual meeting in 2002 after the merger of two pre-existing organisations (International Association for the Semiotics of Law and Round Table for Law and Semiotics), but with different emphases in their theoretical approaches: the Greimasian and Peircean schools. The Editor-in-Chief is Anne Wagner (valwagnerfr@yahoo.com).

The focus of the organization is "...to critique, apply or otherwise engage with semiotics or related theory and models (e.g. Greimas, Peirce, or Lacan), or with rhetoric, history of political and legal discourses (the Cambridge School), philosophy of language, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, deconstruction and visual semiotics and persuasion. "


CLARITY

    Clarity is an international organization devoted to improving the language of the legal profession.  Many of its members are lawyers and judges.

    According to its website, Clarity's goals are
    *  avoiding archaic, obscure, and over-elaborate language in legal work;
    * drafting legal documents in language that is both certain in meaning and easily understandable;
    * exchanging ideas and precedents, not to be followed slavishly but to give guidance in producing good written and spoken legal language;
    * exerting a firm, responsible influence on the style of legal language, with the hope of achieving a change in fashion.

    Click here for further information.


INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF LINGUISTIC LAW

    The Academy is based in Montreal and seems to be focused mainly on language policy and language rights.  According to its website

The International Academy of Linguistic Law, the IALL, an international multidisciplinary organization established in September 1984 by 100 founding members, brings together jurists, linguists, social scientists and all those worldwide who are interested, scientifically or professionnally, in issues pertaining to law and language, especially to comparative language law, whether from an academic or professional perspective. The expression "comparative linguistic law" refers to the different legal and linguistic norms pertinent to the law of language, the language of law and the linguistic rights as fundamental rights.

If you have the desire and financing to go to conferences in exotic locations around the world, this is your group!

For more, visit their website.


JAPAN SOCIETY FOR LANGUAGE AND LAW

This is a newly-formed organization.  It also has a website (currently only in Japanese).


CHINA ASSOCIATION OF FORENSIC LINGUISTICS


AMSTERDAM CIRCLE FOR LAW AND LANGUAGE

For more information, go to their website.


ITALIAN SOCIETY FOR LAW AND LITERATURE

Information is available at their website.





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