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Sixth ILLA General Conference


Second 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 perspectives on legal discourse 

   Coordinator/s: Dieter Stein (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf) & Paulo Greco (University of Naples Federico II) 

2. Pragmatics of legal discourse 

   Coordinator/s: Benedikt Pirker & Jennifer Smolka (University of Fribourg) 

3. Legal interpretation and judicial argumentation 

   Coordinator/s: Stanisław Goźdź-Roszkowski (University of Łódź) & Gianluca Pontrandolfo (University of Trieste) 

4. Language and power in the courtroom 

   Coordinator/s: Magdalena Szczyrbak & Mateusz Stępień (Jagiellonian University) 

5. Language and multimodal communication in legal settings 

   Coordinator/s: Michał Dudek (Jagiellonian University) & Giuseppe Lorini (University of Cagliari)

6. Law, media and communication of legal knowledge

   Coordinator/s: Jan Engberg (Aarhus University) & Karin Luttermann (Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt) 

7. Language of prejudice, discrimination and violence

   Coordinator/s: Victoria Guillén-Nieto (University of Alicante) 

8. Language and disadvantage before the law  

   Coordinator/s: Frances Olsen (UCLA) 

9. European legal culture and multilingualism 

   Coordinator/s: Anne Lise Kjaer (University of Copenhagen) 

10. Philosophy of law 

   Coordinator/s: Izabela Skoczeń, Tomasz Gizbert-Studnicki & Adam Dyrda (Jagiellonian University) 



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

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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.