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

  • Language and Law in the Age of Migration
    (Fifth ILLA General Conference)
    September 7th – 9th, 2021, University of Alicante, Spain; Conference director: Victoria Guillén
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  • Taking Language and Law Seriously
    Fourth ILLA General Conference)

    September 11th – 14th 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)
    September 7th – 9th, 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

  • 3rd ILLA Focus Conference on Forensic Linguistics
    September 6th, 2021, University of Alicante, Spain
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  • Spotlight on Courts: Judges and their Discourse from a Multidisciplinary Perspective
    March 4th-5th, 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
    September 7th – 8th, 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
    September 5th, 2021 (virtual event)

  • Junior Researcher Panel at ILLA 2017 Freiburg
    September 6th, 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; Organizers: "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
    March 18th – 19th 2016, Academy of Sciences, Heidelberg, Germany
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  • Legal corpus pragmatics. The challenge posed to law by theories of media and language
    April 25th – 27th 2013, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), University of Freiburg, Germany
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