Law & Language in World of Media, Globalisation, Conflict – Freiburg, Germany

International Language and Law Association (ILLA)

The International Language and Law Association (ILLA) holds its first international conference of legal linguistics, Language and Law in a World of Media, Globalisation and Social Conflicts, Sept. 7–9, 2017, at the University of Freiburg. The deadline for the general call for papers and panel proposals has passed. Abstracts for the junior researcher panel are due Feb. 28, 2017.

Under this general topic we especially want to discuss the following issues:

(1) The current state of research in the field of legal linguistics in the context of increasing social conflicts in globalized, multilingual and digitalized societies. Here it is also necessary to bring together the particular research traditions of legal linguistics in different countries – for example in Germany, the United States, Russia and China.

(2) Defining the most important tasks for the young discipline of legal linguistics in different cultural, linguistic, and (inter)national contexts. It will not only be beneficial in the legal domain itself, but it will also generate extensive applicational insights at large, by searching for answers to the following questions: How can research results be transferred into the education of future lawyers both in existing programmes and in new international Master’s degree programmes? How can models of legal linguistics be useful for rethinking methodological problems in the context of transnational and multilingual law in a globalized and digitalized world? How can legal linguistics contribute to understanding and resolving social conflicts? And how can we approach legal linguistics as a “theory of practice” (Bourdieu 2009) and as a practice of courts and legislation?

(3) The foundation and restructuring of ILLA, its future guidelines and organisational framework.


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