Legal Translation / Language & Law Conferences Round-up

With the situation being so changeable at the moment, I thought it might be useful to collect together a list of conferences of interest to readers of this blog, with the current messages on their status/dates.

Please feel free to write in with any more information you would like to share. I will also add conferences and updates to this post as I become aware of them.


Séminaire tournant francophone de jurilinguistique – saison 2021

This year’s round of francophone seminars on jurilinguistics (online) has a great line-up of speakers and covers a wide range of subjects. The series title is “Stéréotypes de la langue juridique et dans la langue juridique” and dates extend from 19 February 2021 to 4 June 2021.

Spotlight on Courts, International Language and Law Association/University of Lodz, Poland

The Faculty of Philology at the University of Lodz, Poland, is organising an online conference entitled “Spotlight on Courts: judges and their discourse from a multidisciplinary perspective”. It is the second Focus Workshop of the International Language and Law Association (ILLA) which was relaunched in 2017. The conference runs from  4-5 March 2021 and features a stellar cast of speakers. See more here.

EULITA (European Legal Interpreters and Translators Association)

The 2021 conference will be held on 19 March 2021 (remote), and not in Rome as initially foreseen. The topic chosen this year is “The use of technology in the fields of legal Interpreting and legal translation.” Deadline for registration and payment of the fees is 10 March. See more here.

Realities of Jurilinguistics in Canada, McGill university,Québec, Canada

A symposium entitled “Realities of Jurilinguistics in Canada” will be held online on Friday 19 March 2021 from 1 pm to 4 pm Eastern Standard Time. This bilingual event will explore the daily realities of balancing language and law in Canada, with sessions offered by professionals from diverse sectors related to jurilinguistics: from bilingualism in Canadian territories to access to legal information, along with various issues concerning Indigenous languages, language policy, court interpreting, technology and more. For further details see here.

Language and Migration: Experience and Memory

This interdisciplinary symposium will convene humanists and social scientists, field-workers and policy-makers, artists and writers, to think together about migrants as resourceful users, interpreters, and creators of language. It will take place online from 19 April to 1 May 2021. See more details here.

NAJIT (National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators) 42nd Annual Conference, Las Vegas, USA

Dates: 14-16 May 2021. Registration opens in early 2021. Check back in February for additional details.

See the NAJIT website here.

The 6th CRILL (Centre for Research in Language and Law) Conference

The originally ‘onsite’ 2020 conference will now be held online on 20-21-22 May 2021. “Due to the current global emergency concerning COVID-19, the Organising Committee has decided to host the CRILL 2021 Conference online for the safety of the participants and in line with government guidelines”.

See the centre’s website here.

Innovative Teaching and Research in Legal Language Education, Beijing, China

Organisers: China University of Political Science and Law, International Language and Law Association (ILLA).

Due to the effects of COVID-19, the organisers have decided to tentatively move the conference date to July 2021. This new date is to be confirmed at a later stage this year. See ILLA website here.

5th ILLA (International Language and Law Association) General Conference, Alicante, Spain

ILLA is pleased to announce the 5th ILLA General Conference to be held at the University of Alicante (Spain) from 7 to 9 September 2021. ILLA and the local organising committee from the University of Alicante are planning for the 2nd ILLA Colloquium for PhD Students, the 3rd ILLA Focus Conference on Forensic Linguistics, and the 5th ILLA General Conference to proceed as planned while simultaneously making alternative plans for remote participation and attendance options. See the conference website here.

IAFL15: The 15th Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists, Birmingham, UK

The 15th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) will be hosted by the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL), Aston University, Birmingham, UK from Monday 13th to Friday 17th September 2021. Academic sessions will run Monday to Thursday, with optional social / cultural trips for delegates and any accompanying persons to run at the end of the conference. The deadline for abstract submission is 15th March 2021. See more here.

Economic, Business, Financial and Institutional Translation IV, Cairo, Egypt

This conference, following previous events in Alicante and Québec, is due to be held at the Université Française d’Égypte in Cairo, Egypt, in December 2021. It will bring together academics and professional translators. More information can be obtained from the conference website here.

Transius, Geneva, Switzerland

“Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions, the next Transius Conference will be postponed until the summer of 2022. The new dates and all relevant information will be circulated in 2021.”

Legal Translation, Court Interpreting and Comparative Legilinguistics (Legal Linguistics), Poznan, Poland

I am checking with the organisers and will post news as soon as I can.

EULETA (European Legal English Teachers’ Association) Annual Conference

The Board of EULETA is meeting in February, and this post will be updated with further information about the 2021 conference then.

Jurilinguistics III (previously held in Seville, Spain)

“We hope that you are safe. As you all know, for the past year we have been working really hard to make Jurilinguistics go forward despite the circumstances. However, and despite the fact that we all start to see the light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccines, it is with great sadness that we regret to inform you that we have come to the conclusion that Jurilinguistics III cannot go ahead as planned. We received over 130 proposals from almost 200 delegates from around the world! Although we were excited to see you all in Cambridge, at this time, we cannot yet anticipate whether we will be at all able to reschedule the conference, but rest assured that we will do as much as possible for it to happen in the coming months or even years.”

Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics (GSFL) Round Table

“As protecting the health, safety, and welfare of our members and visitors is our number one priority, on 3 March 2020, the GSFL officially cancelled its eighth annual Roundtable and accompanying Emerging Scholars’ Day. We look forward to welcoming you to a future GSFL event.” See here for more details.

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