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Sixth ILLA General Conference


Call for papers




6th ILLA General Conference:




20–22 September 2023


The 6th ILLA General Conference brings into focus new discursive practices in the dissemination of legal knowledge both within the expert community (legal-legal communication) and in communication with the outside world (legal-lay communication). It aims to examine local, national and global dimensions of legal knowledge dissemination, explaining the role of communicative processes which, on the one hand, are rooted in legal tradition and, on the other, are subject to change as a result of the ongoing globalization, democratization and digitization of specialised communication. How, where and by whom legal knowledge is communicated depends both on the local systems and the global processes enabled by the presence of information technologies, digital tools and easier public access to information.

We welcome papers related to the linguistic, social and cultural mechanisms which underpin legal knowledge dissemination across legal cultures. We also invite contributions which focus on the relation between multimodality and the law, such as the increasing visualization of the legal process, use of gesture in courtroom interaction, use of camera in court, use of images in judicial decision-making, and the visibility of law-related themes in social media.

In addition to the above, we encourage linguists and legal practitioners to submit abstract proposals for one of the following thematic panels:

  1. Historical perspective on legal discourse
  2. Pragmatics of legal discourse
  3. Legal interpretation and judicial argumentation
  4. Language and power in the courtroom
  5. Language and multimodal communication in legal settings
  6. Law, media and communication of legal knowledge
  7. Language of prejudice, discrimination and violence
  8. Language and disadvantage before the law
  9. EU legal culture and multilingualism
  10. Philosophy of law


Abstract submission

Please note that abstracts should deal with research that is clearly in progress (if not yet completed). Please make sure that your abstract includes the following information:

1 Purpose statement

2 Research problem

3 State of the art

4 Hypotheses or research questions

5 Description of the methods, instruments and tools

6 Summary of the main conclusions or statement about the relevance and potential impact of the piece of research

7 References (up to five).


Guidelines for abstract submission

Title (14pt Times New Roman, bold type)

Text (12pt Times New Roman)

Length: 500 words

Keywords: up to five keywords separated by a semicolon

Language: English

Please follow APA style

Note: Failure to follow the guidelines may be a reason for abstract rejection.

Abstract submission: from 1 October 2022 to 15 January 2023

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 January 2023

When the abstract is ready for submission, please send it to both Magdalena Szczyrbak at and Anna Tereszkiewicz at  

Abstracts will go through a blind peer-review process. Authors should receive notification about the result of the blind peer-review process by 25 February 2023.