The aim of this summer school is to bring together doctoral students in their first years of study and advanced master students from the fields of linguistics and law as well as other disciplines such as rhetoric, social science, and political science with a shared research interest in „law making as discourse and action“. Participants will be introduced to relevant theoretical aspects (language and law, European law, legislative drafting, translation, courts and lawmaking, discourse theory of norm genesis) and discuss empirical methodologies (discourse analysis, corpus linguistics) of both established and exploratory research programs pertaining to discursive practices of law making. In plenary sessions and collaborative work formats, participants will get an overview of various approaches and have the opportunity get acquainted with research practice in the interdisciplinary field of language and law.
Beyond that, the organisers attach particular importance to creating opportunities for exchange and networking among participants both on a local and an international level. To this end, the five-day summer school complements the virtual plenary talks and workshops with a self-organized networking session for the participating PhD and master students.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all activities of the summer school will be conducted virtually, enabling remote participation from anywhere in the world.
Participation requires the preparation of all materials provided in advance by the organisers as well as the payment of a one-time participation fee of €30.
Registration is open until June 15th 2021.
The number of participants is limited; first come, first served.
The organisers are looking forward to welcoming dedicated and engaged participants!
Date, Modes and Media
- 28.06.2021 – 02.07.2021
- Language: English
- Format: fully virtual (online); combination of plenary talks, workshop and poster sessions and discussions
- PhD students, selected Master-Students (interested in a PhD in the field of language and law)
- Plenary talks with (virtual) open access for interested people (after prior registration)
Please consider: registrations are not complete until the participation fee has been paid.
Board / Organising Team
- Prof. Dr. Martina Bajcic, Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka, Croatia
- Prof. Dr. Łucja Biel, Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw, Poland
- Prof. Dr. Anne Lise Kjaer, Faculty of Law, Centre of Excelllence for International Courts (iCourts), University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Prof. Dr. Gianluca Pontrandolfo, IUSLIT Department, University of Trieste, Italy
- Prof. Dr. Ralf Poscher, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law in Freiburg, Germany
- Prof. Dr. Réka Somssich, Department of Private International Law and European Economic Law, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
- Prof. Dr. Vilelmini Sosoni, Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting, Greece
- Prof. Dr. Friedemann Vogel, Institute of German Studies, Computer-Assisted Socio- and Discourse Linguistics (CoSoDi), University of Siegen, Germany
In Cooperation with
- International Language and Law Association, ILLA, https://illa.online
- International Association of Legislation, IAL, https://ial-online.org
Coordinator / Contact
Summer School Programme (18.06.2021)
|Welcome and Introduction
(Prof. Dr. Friedemann Vogel and Prof. Dr. Anne-Lise Kjær)
Plenary Lectures on
Legislation in the European Union: A brief Introduction and field reports from legislative practitioners
(Mónica Fuentes García and Roberto Spadaro (Council of the European Union), Kinga Wynands-Szentmáry (European Parliament); Chair: Prof. Dr. Réka Somssich)
»Abstract and Details
|Virtual chat sessions for getting to know each other professionally
(Chaired by the CoSoDi-Team from the University of Siegen)
(a1) EU Law: A Brief Introduction for Linguists (VR1)
(Sofiya Kartalova, LL.M.; Chair: Felix Tripps M.A.)
(a2) Language and Law: A brief introduction to (legal) linguistics for lawyers (VR2)
(Jennifer Smolka M.A. and PD Dr. Benedikt Pirker; Chair: Benjamin Bäumer M.A.)
|(b) Choosing words for hate: legislating on hate speech, political crimes and genocide
(Prof. Dr. Sotirios Livas and Dr. Ioannis P. Tzivaras; Chair: Dr. Vilelmini Sosoni)
|Half-day Workshop: The Role of Terminology in Multilingual Lawmaking
(Chair: Prof. Dr. Martina Bajcic)
»Abstract and Details
|Half-day Workshop: Interdependencies of Strategic Communication in Politics and Legislation using the Example of Directive (EU) 2019/790 / Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market
(Keynote: Julia Reda (former member of the European Parliament), chaired by the CoSoDi-Team at the University of Siegen / Benjamin Bäumer M.A., Felix Tripps M.A. and Prof. Dr. Friedemann Vogel)
»Abstract and Details
|Half-day Workshop: EU Lawmaking, Translation and Corpora
(Chair and Speakers: Prof. Dr. Łucja Biel, Prof. Gianluca Pontrandolfo and Prof. Dr. Vilelmini Sosoni)
»Abstract and Details
|Half-day Workshop: The Strategic Value of Ambiguity for the Authority of EU Law: Focus on EU Lawmaking and Adjudication
(Chair: Prof. Dr. Ralf Poscher; Speaker: Sofiya Kartalova, LL.M.)
»Abstract and Details
|Plenary Lectures: Judicial Lawmaking at the Crossroads of Law and Language
(Chair: Prof. Dr. Anne Lise Kjær, iCourts; Speakers: Dr. William Byrne, Dr. Zuzanna Godzimirska, Prof. Dr. Jakob v.H. Holtermann, Prof. Dr. Anne Lise Kjær, and Dr. Jacob Slosser) UCPH researchers present their own research on how law is interpreted, shaped, and framed at international courts.
|Half-day Workshop on Possible Employment of Corpus-Based Discourse Analysis for the Study of of Judicial Lawmaking
(Introduction by Prof. Dr. Anne Lise Kjær followed by discussions in working groups) Discussion based on assignments handed in by the participants.
(Prof. Dr. Anne Lise Kjær and Prof. Dr. Friedemann Vogel)
|Open Space: ILLA PhD Network on Language and Law
(PhD-self organised; chaired by the CoSoDi-Team at the University of Siegen)
About Chairs and Speakers (to be completed)
Prof. Dr. Martina Bajčić is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Rijeka. She is a member of the Institute of European and Comparative Law and the Jean Monet Inter-University Centre of Excellence Opatija. She holds a PhD in Linguistics, Master’s degree in European Integration Law and a Diploma in Language and Law from the Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio). She has participated in international law and language projects and published extensively on legal terminology and multilingual EU law.
Benjamin Bäumer, M.A., is a PhD student in legal linguistics at the German Department of the University of Siegen as well as a fellow of the House of Young Talents Academy’s excellence program. He holds a First State Exam (Linguistics, History and Philosophy) and is part of the CoSoDi-Team of Prof. Dr. Friedemann Vogel. Website: https://diskurslinguistik.net.
Prof. Dr. Łucja Biel is an Associate Professor, Head of Corpus Research Centre and EUMultiLingua Research Group in the Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw, Poland, where she teaches and researches legal/EU translation. She is an editor of the Journal of Specialised Translation and a board member of the European Society for Translation Studies. Her research interests focus on legal/EU translation, legal terminology, translator training, corpus linguistics and technologies.
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Dr. William Hamilton Byrne is a Postdoctoral Researcher at iCourts, the Centre of Excellence for International Courts, at the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law. Prior to this, he completed his PhD at iCourts on the topic of the influence of legal scholarship on the development of international law. William holds two LLM degrees in public international law and international human rights law. He is currently working on the DATA4ALL project at iCourts which seeks to extend computational, quantitative, and discourse methodologies for the analysis of national and international refugee law. William’s research focus lies primarily in international legal theory and empirical study of international law. At the University of Copenhagen he is instructor for the course ‘International Human Rights Law.’
Mónica Fuentes García, lawyer-linguist, Council of the European Union.
Zuzanna Godzimirska is Assistant Professor at iCourts, Centre of Excellence for International Courts at the University of Copenhagen’s Faculty of Law. She holds a Master of Laws from the University of Oslo and a PhD on the discursive legitimation of international courts from iCourts. She currently investigates conceptual evolution in international criminal law under the auspices of the ERC funded Global Sites of International Criminal Justice (JustSites) project, and has formerly studied the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Mechanism, the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court. Her research draws on insights and methods from International Law, International Relations and Linguistics, and she has experience with a range of text analytical methods, such as supervised learning methods, topic models and corpus approaches to discourse analysis.
Jakob v. H. Holtermann is a Professor of Philosophy of Law and a senior researcher at the Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. He has a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Roskilde University and a PhD in Philosophy of Law. His present research focuses on the philosophy of legal science and on philosophy of punishment, especially in international criminal law. He has investigated i) the philosophical foundations of legal science, especially in relation to legal realism and the so-called empirical in legal science; and ii) the foundations of international criminal law, especially the ICTY, the ICTR & the ICC. In coauthored work he combines philosophical approaches to law with doctrinal law, sociology and linguistics. He is Principal Investigator of "TEMPTATION: Turning Empirical? The Transformation of Scholarship of International Law", a research project funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark.
Sofiya Kartalova, LL.M., is a Researcher at the Department of Public Law at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. She has successfully defended her PhD thesis at the Faculty of Law at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany, which explores the relationship between EU Constitutional Law and Linguistics in the context of the CJEU’s strategic treatment of ambiguity found in some of the Court's leading preliminary rulings and the EU Treaty text.
Prof. Dr. Anne Lise Kjær is a Professor of Legal Linguistics and a senior researcher at the Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. She has a Master’s degree in Translation of Languages for Special Purposes from Copenhagen Business School and a PhD in the phraseology of German legal language. Her present research focuses on the role that language(s) play(s) in the development and interpretation of international law. She has investigated the European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. She has also analyzed Scandinavian Supreme Courts with a view to identifying how they translate and transplant European Human Rights concepts into the languages and reasoning of their own case law. She applies a combination of research methods, including, but not limited to, discourse analysis, translation studies, and corpus linguistics. She is on the steering committee of the International Language and Law Association, ILLA.
Dr. Sotirios Livas is Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting at the Ionian University and Director of the Post-Graduate Programme "Language and Intercultural Communication". He holds a BA in Law from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, an MA in International Development Law and Development Studies from Panteion University and a PhD in Law and International Relations from the Ionian University.
Dr. Iur Emilia Mišćenić, LL.M. is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Rijeka. She obtained her master's degree from the Europa-Institut Universität des Saarlandes (Germany) and PhD from Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät Karl-Franzens Universität Graz (Austria). She authored a book (in German) cited in the AG opinion to the CJEU case Pereničová et Perenič and was awarded the annual Croatian National Science Award in 2011. In 2020 she was awarded with the State Award ‘Ivan Filipović’ for outstanding scientific and professional results. She is a member of the International Association of Consumer Law, Croatian Comparative Law Association and co-chair of the Croatian Hub of the European Law Institute.
Dr. Ana Ostroški Anić is a Research Associate at the Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics. She has participated in a number of terminology related projects and is currently in charge of the research project the Dynamicity of Specialized Knowledge Categories (DIKA). Her interests include the role of figurative language in terminology and specialized knowledge processing and representation.
PD Dr. Benedikt Pirker, LL.M., is a Senior Lecturer at the Chair for European, International and Public Law and the Institute for European Law at the University of Fribourg. He holds a Habilitation from that university and a PhD from the Graduate Institute Geneva.
Gianluca Pontrandolfo holds a PhD in Translation and Interpreting Studies. He is currently Senior Research Fellow at the University of Trieste (IUSLIT, Department of Legal Language, Interpreting and Translation Studies). His main research interests include legal terminology and phraseology, specialised discourse and genres applied to translation studies, corpus linguistics, text linguistics, translation training.
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Julia Reda (MEP 2014-2019) was directly involved in the legislation on the DSM Directive 2019/790 as a member of the Legal Affairs Committee. She also accompanied the legislative and implementation process through continuous reporting, classification and debates in politics, media and academia. She is currently an affiliate of the interdisciplinary Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society (Havard University), fellow of the Shuttleworth Foundation and board member of OKFDE. As director of the project "control ©" at Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte e.V., her work as an expert on copyright issues centers on fundamental rights problems in the context of freedom of communication.
Colin D. Robertson, LLB (Hons), Scottish / EU lawyer and linguist, formerly employed in UK government service, EU Commission Legal Service, EU Court of Justice as translator, and for 20 years until retirement in 2013, the Council of the European Union as lawyer-linguist specialising in EU multilingual legislative texts. Currently he researches, writes and presents inter alia on EU legal language, translation and terminology, with various articles and a book: Multilingual Law: A Framework for Analysis and Understanding (Routledge).
Prof. Réka Somssich is professor at ELTE Faculty of Law in Budapest where she is teaching EU law. One of her research areas is legal translation. Before Hungary's accession to the EU she was in charge of coordinating the translation of the acquis to Hungarian. Since then she has been involved in several comprehensive research projects on multilingual lawmaking and legal translation.
Jacob Livingston Slosser is a Carlsberg Postdoctoral Research Fellow at iCourts – The Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for International Courts at the University of Copenhagen Law Faculty. His research focuses on the use of cognitive science to understand conceptual change in international law and the use of artificial intelligence in law. This focus is reflected in his published work and lectures on areas such as: the regulation of artificial intelligence in public administrative law; experimental and empirical approaches to legal linguistics; the force of precedent the European Court of Human Rights; law and gender; and feminist legal theory. Jacob completed his PhD at the University of Kent - Brussels School of International Studies where he developed a proof of method for the efficacy of analysing legal concepts through the use of cognitive linguistics.
Jennifer Smolka, M.A., is a Ph.D. candidate in linguistics at the Department of English Linguistics at the University of Fribourg and a translator at the Canton of Valais. She holds a Master’s degree in American Studies, French, and Russian from the University of Mainz, as well as a Post-Master’s Certificate of specialization in linguistics from the University of Geneva.
Vilelmini Sosoni holds a PhD in the Translation of EU Texts from the University of Surrey. She is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting at the Ionian University in Greece, while in the past she taught Specialised Translation at numerous institutions in Greece and the United Kingdom. She also has extensive professional experience having worked as a professional translator, editor and subtitler. Her research interests lie in the areas of the Translation of Institutional and Political Texts, Corpus Linguistics, Audiovisual Translation and Accessibility, as well as Machine Translation and Cognitive Science.
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Roberto Spadaro, lawyer-linguist, Council of the European Union.
Felix Tripps, M.A., is a PhD student in legal linguistics/linguistic discourse analysis at the German Department of the University of Siegen. He is also currently Assistant Manager of the International Language and Law Association (ILLA). Website: https://diskurslinguistik.net.
Dr. Ioannis P. Tzivaras (LLM, PhD [Dr.iur], Faculty of Law, Democritus University of Thrace) is a Visiting Professor at the School of Economics and Management of the Open University of Cyprus (OUC), a Visiting Lecturer at the European Public Law Organization (EPLO) and at the Athens & Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy & Public Administration (RANEPA) in Moscow.
Prof. Dr. Friedemann Vogel is Professor of Socio- and Discourse Linguistics at the German Department of the University of Siegen. One of his main research areas is the language and strategic communication in law, media and politics. He is the coordinator of the Heidelberg Group of Legal Linguistics (AKJL) and was founding president of the International Language and Law Association (ILLA) from 2017-2019. Website: https://diskurslinguistik.net.
Kinga Wynands-Szentmáry, lawyer-linguist, European Parliament.