September 22nd-23rd, 2020, University of Lodz, Poland

The Focus Conference Spotlight on courts: Judges and their discourse from a multidisciplinary perspective will be held at the Faculty of Philology of the University of Lodz (Pomorska 171/173).

Local organizing team (in cooperation with Faculty of Law and Administration): Prof. Stanislaw Gozdz-Roszkowski, Dr. Paulina Nowak-Korcz, Mgr. Joanna Kozlowksa, in collaboration with Prof. Gianluca Pontrandolfo, University of Trieste.

The aim of this conference is to create the opportunity for scholars working otherwise in different disciplines to share their views and insights into various dimensions underlying contemporary judicial discourse. Papers presenting case studies and adopting data-driven / corpus-based methodologies aimed at eliciting discursive strategies are particularly welcome. The areas envisaged for scholarly discussion include but are not limited to the following:

  • The judicialization of politics
  • The politicization of justice
  • The mediatization of justice
  • Judicial populism
  • The organization and working methods of courts and their impact on judicial discourse
  • The nature and function(s) of judicial dissent
  • Media representations of courts and the judicial decision-making process
  • Public perceptions of courts
  • Courts and their image (communicating with society)
  • Judicial and political ways of conflict resolution
  • Judicial argumentation
  • Persuasive and evaluative concerns in judicial discourse
  • Strategies of power and manipulation in mediating and popularizing justice