All about interpreting and translating for Europe

The Interinstitutional Committee for Translation and Interpretation, the forum for cooperation between the language services of the European Union institutions and bodies, has recently published an updated 24-page guide entitled “Interpreting and translating for Europe“.

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From Louboutin to lawyer-linguists?

A recent article in the magazine The Economist has highlighted a need for legal translators and linguists to work in ‘discovery’ (reviewing large quantities of documents and data to see which are relevant for a case). Indeed the article goes so far as to say at the end that some aspiring lawyers could do well to redirect their careers towards language-based positions.

Using some recent high-profile cases such as those involving the French couture houses Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint-Laurent, and Samsung v. Apple, the article points to a growing market for “cultural and linguistic experts”.

You can read the whole article here.

What do you think? Could this raise the profile of legal translation and linguistic/intercultural input?

You might also be interested in this guest post about translating during the document review process – When we are asked to translate useless materials…

What exactly is a lawyer-linguist?

This post is the second in a series I have called “What exactly is…”, the first of which examined the burgeoning subject of forensic linguistics.

The topic of lawyer-linguists has been interesting me for quite some time now, and popped up again recently on Twitter with a flurry of job offers from the European Central Bank for several languages.

Although this job title seems to be relatively new, you can see a very early lawyer-linguist on the right – Cicero…

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