Reporting from London – Why is legal language so complicated?

guest bookFor this guest post, I am delighted to welcome Danaë Hosek-Ugolini, a legal, business & shipping translator and experienced English solicitor who holds a diploma in legal studies from Oxford University and a Master’s in private law from the equally august University of Paris II. Her language pairs are French & Greek into English and Greek & English into French.

Danaë has kindly agreed to report on a recent event in London that I’m sure will interest you all.

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Call for Papers – International Language & Law Association

freiburgThe International Language and Law Association (ILLA) will be relaunched in 2017, with a legal linguistics conference in memory of Peter Tiersma (1952–2014) entitled ‘Language and Law in a World of Media, Globalisation and Social Conflicts: Refounding the International Law and Language Association (ILLA) to make law more transparent‘.

It will be held from 7-9 September 2017 at the University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany.

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Open access journal – Special issue on legal translation

Capa31Language and Law/Linguagem e Direito is an international online journal edited at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto, Portugal, and the Federal University of Santa Catarina ­- UFSC, Brazil. The journal is published twice a year, and includes articles in all varieties of both Portuguese and English.

A special issue on legal translation has just been published, although articles on the subject do appear in other issues too.

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Stop Press! Conference on law & language, Haifa

A4The Sixth International Conference on Law, Language and Discourse will take place at the University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel from 1-4 August 2016. The theme is “The development of legal language and its interpretation: Linguistic and pragmatic aspects of the evolution of the synchronic understanding of legal texts”. Despite the proximity of the date, registration is still open.

Previous conferences held in China and Sweden have also examined the theme of how synchronous understanding of legal language and judicial interpretation has developed through history.

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Book review – Contract Law, A Comparative Introduction

contractlawI’m sure that many of you will be interested in a book published in 2014 by Edward Elgar Publishing entitled “Contract Law: A Comparative Introduction“. The author is the estimable Jan M. Smits, Professor of European Private Law, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

“This book offers a unique introduction to contract law by means of a comparative approach. It treats contract law as a discipline that can be studied on the basis of common principles and methods without being tied to a particular jurisdiction or legal culture.”

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