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LINGUIST List 17.1165

Tue Apr 18 2006

Confs: Forensic Ling/Düsseldorf, Germany

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Message 1: Language and Law
Date: 17-Apr-2006
From: Alexander Tokar <tokarphil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de>
Subject: Language and Law



Language and Law

Date: 17-May-2006 - 19-May-2006
Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
Contact: Alexander Tokar
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://phil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de/langlaw/index.php

Linguistic Field(s): Forensic Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Both legal practice and lawmaking are possible only through language. Beyond the precise wording of laws, however, other linguistic aspects are also of pivotal importance for judicial proceedings. For example, the careful analysis of regional or sociolinguistic peculiarities is often employed in profiling and assessments of witness testimonies and can actively support legal practitioners in reaching concise and accurate judgements.
Conversely, language may also turn out to be a barrier, especially when it is necessary to overcome international and intercultural borders. The necessity to harmonize the European Union's legislation and strong trends of economic globalisation lead to a number of different problems. What should have priority in cases of language ambiguity? A perhaps incorrect translation into a national language or the English original version? In what way are international laws adapted to legal institutions of a particular nation?

These questions underline that there is a close connection between linguistics and jurisprudence, between language and law.

The Language and Law Conference will be held from May 17 to 19, 2006 in Duesseldorf, Germany. It is an interdisciplinary joint-venture of the University of Duesseldorf and the University of California, Los Angeles.



The programme of the Conference

Wednesday (Industrieklub Düsseldorf)

9.00 - 11.00 Welcoming

Roswitha Müller-Piepenkötter,
Secretary of Justice for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

MR Dr. Dietmar Möhler,
Representative of the Ministry of Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Prof. Dr. Dr. Alfons Labisch,
President of the University of Düsseldorf

George W. Knowles,
Consul General of the United States

Prof. Dr. Frances Olsen,
University of California at Los Angeles School of Law

Prof. Dr. Bernd Witte,
Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Düsseldorf

Prof. Dr. Johannes Dietlein,
Dean of the School of Law, University of Düsseldorf

11.00 - 18.00 Plenaries

Papers will include:

Triebel, Volker. Pitfalls in Legal English.

Nunberg, Geoffrey. Methods of determining word meanings.

Alcaraz Varó, Enrique. Translation of legal English in the society of the knowledge.

Gotti, Maurizio. Globalising trends in legal discourse.

Langer, Maximo. The Globalization of Plea Bargaining and the Americanization Thesis in Criminal Procedure.

Morlok, Martin. The relevance of language / linguistic. theory for the understanding of law.

Kischel, Uwe. Legal cultures - legal language.

McAuliffe, Karen. Translation at the Court of Justice of the European Communities.

Brand, Oliver. Language as a barrier to comparative law.

Beurskens, Michael. Different roads to success? - The German and the US approach to legal issues.

Schöne, Franz-Josef. Title to appear.

18.00 - 20.30 Forum Corporate law and language

Zeztsche, Dirk. Language and the legal academia.

Schiessl, Maximilian. Law and language problems in corporate law practice.

Prinz, Ulrich. The modern tower of Babel: International accounting standards and their adoption in EU-Member states - the example of Germany.

18.00 - 20.30 Forum Language and Law: Practical Issues

Doczekalska, Agnieszka. Drafting or translation - production of multilingual legal texts.

Berman, Isabel. Collateral learning: legal English through tutoring.

Walter, Stephan. Methods of computer linguistics and legal terminology.

Opeibi, Tunde. A Discourse Study of Interrogatives in a Nigerian Courtroom Proceeding.

Cramer, Peter K. Teaching Legal English: Theoretical and Practical Considerations.

Thursday and Friday (Mickeln Castle)

Thursday 9.00 - 11.30

Interpretation of legal language
Moderator: Lawrence Solan

Speakers will include:

a) Solan, Lawrence. Statutory interpretation in the EU: the advantages of a multilingual legal order.

b) Engberg, Jan. Meaning in statutory texts - what does it look like?

c) Busse, Dietrich. Interpreting law: text understanding - text application - working with texts.

d) Bühler, Axel. Against Dworking's interpretivism.

Discussants: Geoffrey Nunberg, Peter Tiersma, Maurizio Gotti

Thursday 13.30 - 16.00

Language in law and literature
Moderator: Daniel Lowenstein

Speakers will include:

a) Lowenstein, Daniel. Justice and mercy in two Shakespearean comedies.

b) Barschack, Lior. Law, Authority and Sexual Morality in Mozart's Operas.

c) Kaplan, Leonard. Covenant, law and indeterminacy: Kieslowski's decalogue, anguish and love.

Discussants: Erica Sheen, Bernd Witte

Thursday 17 - 19.30

Language and law systems: intercultural contact and translation Moderator: Hannes Kniffka

Speakers will include:

a) Kniffka, Hannes und Marx, Michael. Law without language and language without law in intercultural contact situations?

b) Amirpur, Katajun. Title to appear.

c) Chaski, Carol E. and Snider, Mary. German-American standards for authorship attribution in multinational corporation cases.

d) Alcaraz, Varó. Anisomorphism in legal translation.

e) Lambert, José. The Status and Position of Legal Translation: on the Discursive Construction of Societies.

f) Beaudoin, Louis. The Genius of Legal Language - The Canadian Experience.

Discussants: Peter Tiersma, Lawrence Solan

Friday 9.00 - 11.30

Language, gender and law
Moderator: Frances Olsen

Speakers will include:

a) Olsen, Frances. Title to appear.

b) Acorn, Annalise. Law and the language of resentment.

c) Baer, Susanne. Very sexy - constructions of the subject in law.

Discussants: Janet Giltrow, N.N.

Friday 13.30 - 16.00

Linguistic Expertise and the Legal System
Moderator: Peter Tiersma

Speakers will include:

a) Tiersma, Peter. What is forensic linguistics? And what is it good for?

b) Broeders, Ton. Title to appear.

c) Eades, Diana. Forensic linguistics and language analysis in asylum seeker cases.

d) Chaski, Carole E. The Computational-Linguistic Approach to Forensic Authorship Attribution.

e) Erhardt, Sabine. Forensic Linguistics and Corpus Evaluation in the German BKA.

Discussants: Geoffrey Nunberg, Lawrence Solan

Friday 17.00 - 19.30

Legal Language, plain language and access to the law
Moderator: Andrew Hammel

Speakers will include:

a) Hammel, Andrew. The Debate over Plain-Language Legal Translation.

b) Giltrow, Janet. Reconfiguring 'plainness' for new perspectives.

c) Kuttig, Khanh-Duc. The plain language issue.

d) Braun, Angelika. The Forensic Expert in the Courtroom - How to Communicate Scientific Findings.

e) Monika Rathert. Comprehensibility as a clue to L'altérité de l'autre.

Discussants: Geoffrey Nunberg, Lawrence Solan



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