Taking Language and Law Seriously

University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Law School 385 Charles E Young Dr E, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA

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Primary conference language: English.
Call for Papers Deadline: January 31, 2019
Download: Conference Announcement and call for papers ILLA 2019

The International Language and Law Association (ILLA) will hold its fourth general meeting and Conference on the theme Taking Language and Law Seriously in September 2019. The focus of this conference is the Language and Law’s early history, its recent developments, and some of its practical and political significance. Current confirmed conference events include:

  • A focus workshop on Forensic Linguistics, organized by Carole Chaski, Victoria Guillén and Dieter Stein.
  • A plenary session examining the historic and ongoing influence of the late Professor David Mellinkoff’s The Language of the Law (1963), the first textbook for courses on the linguistic basis of law.
  • An evening welcoming reception.
  • Plenary sessions and a series of workshops.

The committee is welcoming abstracts  to be considered for inclusion on the panel on the following topics:

  • Language as access to social and cultural prejudice in legal discourse
  • Language, law and philosophy
  • The language of discrimination, harassment and violence
  • Theoretical issues arising particularly in translation into and from Asian languages
  • La Loi et la Langue dans le monde francophone
  • The linguistics of spoken legal discourse
  • Language rights: speaking out and getting done in
  • The Linguistics and legalistics of “fake news”: asserting and lying in mainstream media and in the new media (twitter, Facebook).

They also welcome submissions of abstracts for papers on other aspects of legal linguistics on topics including:

  • Semiotics, semantics and pragmatics of law
  • Legislation and linguistics of norm genesis
  • Multilingualism and law
  • Philosophical perspectives on language and law
  • Language and law in a diachronic and/or culturally comparative perspective
  • Law in the context of computer-mediated communication
  • Educational aspects of legal linguistics
  • Language theories in law and linguistic theories of law
  • Discourse and power in the courtroom
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Qualitative and computer-assisted quantitative methods in legal linguistics

Abstracts for papers should be 800–1000 words with title, theoretical background, research questions, methodological approach and main hypotheses.

Panel proposals should be 1000–1500 words including the panel format and the titles as well as the abstracts of the planned talks with names, affiliations and contact e-mail addresses.

Poster presentation abstracts should be 350–400 words including title, theoretical background, research questions, methodological approach and main hypotheses.

Submissions should be sent by January 31, 2019 to:
Prof. Frances Olsen
University of California at Los Angeles
Web: https://illa.online 
Mail: la2019@illa.online