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By popular demand, following on the success of the two WordstoDeeds Conferences, I’m delighted to announce a series of online Masterclasses for 2021.

The plan is for a series of Masterclasses every year on various aspects of legal translation. “The Benefits of Professionalization” is the theme for 2021. Five 3-hour online Masterclasses will take place – in June, July, September, October and November 2021. Continue reading

Traineeship opportunity – World Intellectual Property Organization

The PCT Translation Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) organizes a Fellowship Program for assistant terminologists, translators, and translation technologists, with the aim of providing on-the-job experience at an international organization. WIPO is now accepting applications for the 2021 edition of the Program.

In 2021, applications are invited from native speakers of Arabic, Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, who also have excellent knowledge of English.

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Traineeship opportunity – Court of Justice of the European Union

Applications are now open for the autumn/winter 2021-2022 traineeship period at the Court of Justice of the European Union. Every year, it offers a limited number of paid traineeships of five months’ duration in the chambers of Members of the Court of Justice and the General Court and in the administrative departments of the Court.

Traineeships in the Court’s administrative departments are generally undertaken in the Directorate for Legal Translation, the Research and Documentation Directorate, the Communication Directorate, the Protocol and Visits Directorate, the office of the Legal Adviser on Administrative Matters, the Registry of the General Court or the Interpretation Directorate.

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Court interpreting for migrant community needs in Maine, USA – a focused approach

guest bookThis guest post by Judy Harrison, courts reporter, is published with kind permission from the Bangor Daily News*. It discusses interpretation for migrants – in languages where professional, qualified interpreters are often not available. I had an interesting discussion about this issue with a person working in international civil rights and methods of training for those speaking rare languages. I’d love to hear your opinions!

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Lexacom face-to-face legal terminology workshops

Back in March, I posted about a series of legal terminology webinars presented by David Hutchins of Lexacom. Today I’d like to make you aware of his autumn programme of face-to-face courses to be held in London, England. The courses can also be organized for groups elsewhere – recent venues have been Prague, Bologna, Copenhagen and Stockholm, for example.

David’s courses are aimed at bringing knowledge of English common law both to lawyers from civil law jurisdictions, and to legal translators and interpreters.

David’s face-to-face courses are highly motivating and fast-paced, and have been very favorably reported on two occasions by the Institute of Translation & Interpreting (ITI) – to see the articles click here, as well as being recommended for lawyers by the German DeutscheAnwaltAkademie and the Swedish Armed Forces.

In particular, I think that it is extremely refreshing that a solicitor of such experience is interested in working with translators, listening to their comments and generating such rich interaction – building those bridges I keep talking about… 🙂


David Hutchins has been a solicitor since 1967. He was until 1998 the Senior Partner of Hutchins & Co, Solicitors, London, a firm he founded in 1971. He has been responsible for, inter alia, the selection and supervision of trainee solicitors. He is currently a Practising Consultant with the firm.

His legal experience includes conveyancing, wills, probate, landlord and tenant, commercial contracts, employment law, criminal law, family law, professional negligence, personal injury claims and general civil litigation. He has been a frequent Guest Speaker on ‘English for Lawyers’ courses and is also an experienced small-group presenter. He speaks and reads French and has a working knowledge of German, Italian, and Latin. He was formerly a QLTT (Qualified Lawyers’ Transfer Test) Oral Test Assessor for Altior Consulting & Training Ltd on behalf of the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority).

Important information for those in France who can pop over to London: Reimbursement of all or part of the course fee from FIF PL may be possible for French residents: an application may need to be made well in advance of the course date but see their website.

Regarding disclosure, I have no commercial relationship of any kind with the company Lexacom, and provide the above details purely for information purposes.

Reminder: English legal terminology webinars

Just a reminder of my previous post – eCPD Webinars are presenting a series of five 1-hour webinars in June and July, on legal terminology in England and Wales. Of course, being webinars, they can be accessed from anywhere in the world, and if you’re not free at the time of the webinar, you can watch the recording later on.

The speaker is David Hutchins of Lexacom, who teaches law and terminology at face-to-face workshops and seminars, both to translators, and to lawyers from civil code systems who are less familiar with common law.

Webinar 1, 26 June: Contracts and Contract Formation for Legal Translators
Webinars 2 & 3, 28 June: The English Legal System for Legal Interpreters and Translators
Webinars 4 & 5, 3 July: Criminal Law and Procedure for Legal Interpreters and Translators

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