Conference – Language and law ‘in paradise’ (Brazil)

800px-Florianopolis_SAntonioLisboa_beachActually ‘paradise’ is just my interpretation 🙂 – 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 (International Association of Forensic Linguists). The official languages of the Conference will be English and Portuguese.
The conference will be hosted at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Florianópolis, Brazil.

A call for papers, posters, themed colloquia and roundtables is currently being made – topics include the following indicative but not exclusive list:

Language of the Law

  • Comparative Law
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • The history of legal languages
  • The language of legal documents
  • Legal Translation
  • Legal genres
  • Critical approaches to legal language
  • The (in)comprehensibility of legal documents
  • Language rights
  • Language education for law professionals

Interaction in Legal Settings

  • Investigative interviewing
  • Courtroom, police and prison discourse
  • Interviewing and (cross-)examining vulnerable witnesses
  • Linguistic disadvantage before the law
  • Multilingualism and the legal system
  • Language minorities and the law
  • Pro-se defendants
  • Interpreting in legal contexts

Language as Evidence

  • Speaker identification and voice comparison
  • The linguist and phonetician as expert witnesses
  • Forensic phonetics and speaker identification
  • Forensic stylistics
  • Authorship analysis
  • Linguistic profiling
  • Plagiarism
  • The linguistic determination of nationality
  • Trademark disputes
  • Consumer product warnings
  • Deception and fraud

You can download abstract specifications, as well as keynote speakers, details about the conference venue (42 beaches!), travel discounts and accommodation below:

I will also post details of the conference website at a later date.

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