Call for papers – Canadian Symposium on Language and Law

A Canadian Symposium on Language and Law will take place at York University, Toronto, Canada from 16-18 June 2023.

The Canadian Symposium on Language and Law will draw together both researchers and practitioners from all areas of language and law (e.g., linguistics, psychology, sociolegal studies, policing, law) and those working within the often siloed subfields such as jurilinguistique, jurilinguistics, legal linguistics, and forensic linguistics, in order to build a research network that will facilitate the coalescence and growth of the field in Canada and will address Canadian justice issues.

Additionally, the aim is to compile a statement of intent for the field’s future in Canada, supporting equity, diversity and inclusion across the Canadian judicial system.

The organizers invite abstract submissions, in French or English, for a poster or a 20-minute presentation. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words. The deadline for submission is 31 January 2023. Authors will be notified of acceptance by 1 March 2023.

Abstracts should be submitted through this link.

Abstracts are welcome relating to all aspects of language and law, including, for example, language in the legal process, the language of the law, language evidence, language rights, and language crimes, with an emphasis on the Canadian context and Canadian scholars/practitioners

Plenary Speakers:

 *   Dr. Elizabeth Allyn Smith (Universit? du Québec ? Montréal, Quebec)
 *   Dr. Lorna Fadden (BC First Nations Justice Council, British Columbia)
 *   Dr. Janny Leung (Wilfred Laurier University, Ontario)
 *   Dr. Kirk Luther (Carleton University, Ontario)
 *   Professor Naiomi Metallic (Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia)

It is anticipated that Dr. Lorna Fadden’s plenary will be accredited by the Ontario Bar Society to provide practicing lawyers and paralegals with an hour of Continuing Professional Development. Attendees must indicate on the registration form if they require documentation for CPD credits.

The symposium will also host a roundtable on the future of the field in Canada.

Venue: (in person) York University (Keele campus), Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Registration will open 1 March 2023.

The organizers are pleased to be able to offer four student travel awards valued at $300 each. Awards will be provided based on abstract excellence and potential contribution to the field. Authors must indicate their student status when submitting their abstract to be considered for the award.

Visit the symposium website for more information (English & French).

Please direct any questions to the organising team.

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