The ILLA General Conference is held every two years, complemented by a number of Focus Conferences and workshops in the interim periods. See below for an overview of past ILLA conferences and events. For a list of upcoming ILLA events, please see the Upcoming Events section.


ILLA  General Conferences

  • Law, Language and Legal Knowledge
    (Sixth ILLA General Conference)
    20–22 September 2023, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland; Conference director: Magdalena Szczyrbak
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  • Language and Law in the Age of Migration
    (Fifth ILLA General Conference)
    7–9 September 2021, University of Alicante, Spain; Conference director: Victoria Guillén
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  • Taking Language and Law Seriously
    Fourth ILLA General Conference)

    11–14 September 2019, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Law School, USA; Conference director: Frances Olsen
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  • Language and Law in a World of Media, Globalisation and Social Conflicts
    Refounding the International Law and Language Association (ILLA) to Make Law more transparent
    (Third General and Relaunch Conference)
    7–9 September 2017, University of Freiburg, Germany; Conference director: Friedemann Vogel
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  • The pragmatic Turn: interpretation and inference in legal discourse
    (Second ILLA General Conference)
    July 2015, Vancouver, UBC, Canada; Conference directors: Janet Giltrow UBC Vancouver and Dieter Stein, University of Düsseldorf; Volume with papers submitted to Mouton de Gruyter, "The pragmatic turn in law. Inference and Interpretation in legal discourse." (Eds. Janet Giltrow and Dieter Stein)
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  • Language and Law
    (First ILLA General Conference)

    May 2006; Düsseldorf, Germany jointly organised by Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf and Law School University of California at Los Angeles; Conference director: Frances Olsen (UCLA), Alexander Lorz (Düsseldorf), Dieter Stein (Düsseldorf); Resulting publications: Frances Olsen, Alexander Lorz and Dieter Stein, "Law and Language: Theory and Society", DUP Düsseldorf University Press, Düsseldorf, 2008; Frances Olsen, Alexander Lorz and Dieter Stein, "Translation Issues in Language and Law", Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2009

 ILLA Focus Conferences

  • ILLA Focus Conference: Legal Language & Discourse and the Sea
    27–28 January 2023, Nantes, France + Hybrid
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  • ILLA Focus Conference: The Digitalisation of Legal Discourse: Digital Genres, Media and Analytical Tools
    16–17 December 2021, University of Bergamo, Italy
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  • 3rd ILLA Focus Conference on Forensic Linguistics
    6 September 2021, University of Alicante, Spain
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  • Spotlight on Courts: Judges and their Discourse from a Multidisciplinary Perspective
    4–5 March 2021, University of Lodz, Poland
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  • Computers, Language, and Law: Spotlight on Blind Spots
    The First ILLA Focus Workshop in Copenhagen, September 2018
    7–8 September 2018, University of Copenhagen, Denmark;
    Organiser: Anne-Lise Kjær, iCourts, RELINE network
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Activities of the ILLA PhD Network

  • Second ILLA PhD Colloquium at ILLA 2021 Alicante
    5 September 2021 (virtual event)

  • Junior Researcher Panel at ILLA 2017 Freiburg
    6 September 2017, University of Freiburg, Germany
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Other Conferences or Workshops on Legal Linguistics

  • The pragmatics of legal discourse
    Workshop at the fourth meeting of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA-4) will be held at the State University of New York, Albany on November 1–3. 2018; Organizers: Janet Giltrow and Dieter Stein

  • Jurilinguistics II
    Interdisicplinary Approaches to the Study of Language and Law will be held at Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain on October 25–26. 2018. Organizers: Jurilinguistica
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  • Legal and institutional translation policies: An interdisciplinary inquiry into past, present and future challenges. Conference will be held at KU Leuven, Belgium on September 20–22. 2018; Organisers: "Translation and Intercultural Transfer", "Leuven centre for Public Law", "CETRA"
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  • The Words of the Law.
    "V International Seminar on English and ESP Lexicology and Lexicography: The Words of the Law" will be held at the University of Alicante (Spain) on April 26–27, 2018. Organizers: The Lexicology of Languages for Specific Purposes Research Group (LexEsp)
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  • The fabric of law and language. Discovering Patterns Through Legal Corpus Linguistics
    18–19 March 2016, Academy of Sciences, Heidelberg, Germany
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  • Legal corpus pragmatics. The challenge posed to law by theories of media and language
    25–27 April 2013, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), University of Freiburg, Germany
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Other events

  • ILLA Language and Law Talks (2022 Spring Series)
    March through July 2022
    Online Talk Series
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