Tag: Legal discourse

THE TERMS “SUBJECT TO”, “NOTWITHSTANDING” OR “WITHOUT PREJUDICE”: WHICH ONE SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?

I was recently reading this interesting article by Andrew Nickels about the clauses “subject to”, “notwithstanding” and “without prejudice” and it got me thinking how useful the clarification of these terms would be for the purposes of legal translation.

Every legal translator has encountered one or all of these terms in a contract or some other legal document they had to translate, either to or from English. These shorthand expressions prove to be useful tools in saving time when it comes to drafting a contract and that’s why lawyers and legal practitioners use them often.

What do they really mean though in plain English? Are they always used correctly? Continue Reading..

 

Eleventh Conference on Legal Translation, Court Interpreting and Comparative Legilinguistics (Legal Linguistics) / The 17th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law

 

The Institute of Linguistics at Adam Mickiewicz University will hold an international conference devoted to language and the law. The aim is to provide a forum for discussion in those scientific fields where linguistic and legal interests converge, and to facilitate integration between linguists, computer scientists and lawyers from all around the world. The conference will be held over 3 days, from 24th to 26th June (Friday-Sunday) 2016 in Poznan, Poland. Papers are invited on the following topics:

 FORENSIC LINGUISTICS IN GENERAL

  1. (comparative) forensic linguistics
  2. forensic phonetics
  • forensic authorship attribution
  1. forensic stylistic
  2. linguists as expert witnesses
  3. linguistic features of forgeries and counterfeits of public documents

LEGAL TRANSLATION AND COURT INTERPRETING

  1. legal translation;
  2. court interpreting;
  • teaching legal translation and court interpreting
  1. certified translators and interpreters in legal proceedings
  2. mistranslation and misinterpreting in legal context

LEGAL LANGUAGES AND LEGAL DISCOURSE

  1. legal linguistics
  2. history of legal language
  • legal terminology
  1. legal genres
  2. EU legal language
  3. analysis of legal discourse
  • structure and semantics of statutes and other legal instruments;
  • development of legal languages
  1. legal and linguistic interpretation of texts formulated in legal language
  2. teaching legal language
  3. speech style in the courtroom
  • comprehensibility of legal instruments
  • Plain Language Campaigns
  • linguistic aspects of cross-examination
  1. technicality in legal language

HISTORY OF LAW AND LEGAL SYSTEMS

  1. history of legal systems
  2. comparative study of legal systems
  • common law versus civil law countries

LAWS ON LANGUAGES

  1. language rights
  2. linguistic minorities and linguistic human rights
  • language and disadvantage before the law

 

 

Source: http://www.lingualegis.amu.edu.pl/?main_data=legi2016&lang=en

I just came across a Workshop on Precedent in EU Law: the linguistic aspect. Many thanks to the Words to Deeds blog for the information.

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Tenth Conference on Legal Translation, Court Interpreting and Comparative Legilinguistics (Legal Linguistics)

The Institute of Linguistics at Adam Mickiewicz University will hold an international conference devoted to language and the law. Our aim is to provide a forum for discussion in those scientific fields where linguistic and legal interests converge, and to facilitate integration between linguists, computer scientists and lawyers from all around the world. The conference will be held over 3 days, from 19th to 21st of June (Friday-Sunday) 2015 in Poznan, Poland.Continue Reading..

The 10th Conference “Hellenic Language and Terminology” will be held from 12 to 14 November 2015. One of the main themes at this year’s conference is Terminology and Law. Read on for more information about the conference.

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I recently had the chance to meet with Hellenic Supreme Court Judge, Argyris Stavrakis at a conference in Athens. Stavrakis is the author of “Modern Greek Legal Language and Terminology” (Νεοελληνική Νομική Γλώσσα και Ορολογία) currently in its third edition and available from P. N. Sakkoulas Press in Greek.

Stavrakis himself has said that he was inspired to write the book “because of the poor use of modern Greek in quite a few legal texts,” something that professional GR/EN legal translators will be quite familiar with.  Continue Reading..

To mark the publication of the book Legal Language, Legal Terminology: Theory and Practice (Νομική Γλώσσα, Νομική Ορολογία: Θεωρία και Πράξη), Nomiki Vivliothiki Press is holding a seminar on ‘The Nature of legal discourse: legal language, legal terminology, legal translation’. The speakers include the authors of the book (P. Krimbas and K. Valeontis) as well a Hellenic Supreme Court judge who has written his own book on Greek legal language and a well-respected law professor.

Monday 16 February, 18:00 hours at 23 Mavromichali St. (Nomiki Vivliothiki)

The presentation / seminar is in Greek.

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