Sources of language & law (SOULL)

SOULL – Sources of Language and Law is an open online platform to provide selected information about past and recent research activities of legal linguistics.

It contains, among other things:

  • an international bibliography
  • a list of research groups
  • relevant journals
  • an extensive list of corpora.

The platform cooperates with the Heidelberg Group of Legal Linguistics and the International Language and Law Association (ILLA). Continue reading

Stop Press! Legal Translation in the 21st Century webinar

Tomorrow, Friday 16 April 2021, 9.00 – 12.30 (EEST) there is a webinar entitled “Legal Translation in the 21st Century” which will be live-streamed from Romania. It forms part of the European Commission’s “Translating Europe” workshop series.

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Law guides by jurisdiction from Oxford

The Bodleian Law Library at the University of Oxford makes available, collected together and without a university login, guides to resources from many jurisdictions. These include:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • China, Hong Kong & Macau
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Korea
  • Northern Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Russia, the CIS & Georgia
  • Scotland
  • Singaore
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
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Job opportunities – Banking institutions

Two jobs today!

The National Bank of Canada is seeking a French-English translator in Montreal, Québec with the following main responsibilities:

  • Translate a variety of texts and documents, for internal and external use, from management, other departments, branches and subsidiaries
  • Do research and any other work necessary to the translation process, and communicate with the authors of texts if clarification is necessary
  • Adapt translations to meet the needs of different audiences in different provinces
  • Produce documents that meet the Bank’s needs while helping to convey the Bank’s objectives and image
  • Act as a linguistic advisor for banking terminology in English.

Unposting Date: 2021-04-07 (hurry, hurry!) Continue reading

Monday smile – Fined for singing (out of tune)

In London, a man has been fined by a local council for his attempts at karaoke. His Saturday night attempts at imitating Abba, Dire Straits, New Order, Kenny Rogers, and Dolly Parton generated 150 complaints.

He was prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act and has been ordered to pay £2,748 in fines plus costs and a victim surcharge.

“I admit I’m no singer but I have a go”, said the man. 😊

Resources – Free and low cost legal research (US)

The Mendik Library, within New York Law School, brings together a list of resources for free or low cost legal research. The focus is on the American legal system, but the materials could be useful to many legal translators.

As NYLS says, the resources are also a great way to get started with research if you don’t have access to paid databases or if you want to get an overview of a topic before using potentially expensive searches. Continue reading

Training – Legal Drafting

Tomorrow, Thursday, 1 April 2021, at noon-2:00 p.m. (EST), the Kimble Center for Legal Drafting in the United States has announced its second seminar — free to lawyers, law students, and anyone else interested in improving their professional writing.

The seminar will be presented by Professors Joseph Kimble (WMU-Cooley), Mark Cooney (WMU-Cooley), and Patrick Berry (University of Michigan). These three experienced and widely published experts will pack 30 useful tips into a fast-paced two hours. Continue reading

Monday smile – Video conferencing etiquette

Today’s smile is a ‘polite’ one. 😊 

You might imagine that etiquette is a thing of the past. However, it is still going strong, as a way for individuals and businesses to improve social skills, gain a competitive edge or up their game when it comes to cross-cultural entertaining.

In this video, etiquette coach William Hanson from The English Manner gives some suggested tips as to how to effectively video conference from home with colleagues and co-workers.

He works all over the world, including in Europe, America, China, south-east Asia, GCC countries, and Russia, and is a trusted advisor and trainer to many official households, embassies, businesses and academic institutes.

 

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