The aim of the summer school is to bring together doctoral students in their first years of study and advanced master students from the fields of linguistics and law as well as other disciplines such as rhetoric, social science, and political science with a shared research interest in „law making as discourse and action“. Participants will be introduced to relevant theoretical aspects (language and law, European law, legislative drafting, translation, courts and lawmaking, discourse theory of norm genesis) and discuss empirical methodologies (discourse analysis, corpus linguistics) of both established and exploratory research programs pertaining to discursive practices of law making. In plenary sessions and collaborative work formats, participants will get an overview of various approaches and have the opportunity get acquainted with research practice in the interdisciplinary field of language and law.
Beyond that, the organizers attach particular importance to creating opportunities for exchange and networking among participants both on a local and an international level. To this end, the five-day summer school combines local activities at the host universities with virtual cross-university plenary talks and workshops. While the local events are subject to the respective regulations regarding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, purely virtual participation will be possible in any case.
Participation requires the preparation of all materials provided in advance by the organizers as well as the payment of a one-time participation fee of €30.
Registration is open until June 15th 2021.
The number of participants is limited; first come first served.
The organizers are looking forward to welcoming dedicated and engaged participants!
Date, Modes and Media
- 28.06.2021 – 02.07.2021
- Language: English
- Combination of virtual, audio-visual based, conference sessions and local groups (face-to-face meetings of PhDs/MAs in the immediate vicinity of the participating universities, which can be reached at low cost) depending of the local pandemy situation. Purely virtual participation is also possible.
- PhD students, selected Master-Students (interested in a PhD in the field of language and law)
- Plenary talks with (virtual) open access for interested people (after prior registration)
Please consider: registrations are not complete until the participation fee has been paid.
Board / Organizing Team
- Prof. Dr. Martina Bajcic, Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka, Croatia
- Prof. Dr. Łucja Biel, Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw, Poland
- Prof. Dr. Anne Lise Kjaer, Faculty of Law, Centre of Excelllence for International Courts (iCourts), University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Prof. Dr. Gianluca Pontrandolfo, IUSLIT Department, University of Trieste, Italy
- Prof. Dr. Ralf Poscher, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law in Freiburg, Germany
- Prof. Dr. Réka Somssich, Department of Private International Law and European Economic Law, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
- Prof. Dr. Vilelmini Sosoni, Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting, Greece
- Prof. Dr. Friedemann Vogel, Institute of German Studies, Computer-Assisted Socio- and Discourse Linguistics (CoSoDi), University of Siegen, Germany
In Cooperation with
- International Language and Law Association, ILLA, https://illa.online
- International Association of Legislation, IAL, https://ial-online.org
Coordinator / Contact
Summer School Programme
(more details coming soon)
Welcome and Introduction
Plenary Lectures on
(a1) EU Law: A Brief Introduction for Linguists
(Sofiya Kartalova, LL.M.)
(a2) Language and Law: A brief introduction to (legal) linguistics for lawyers
(Jennifer Smolka M.A. and PD Dr. Benedikt Pirker)
(b) Choosing words for hate: legislating on hate speech, political crimes and genocide
(Prof. Dr. Sotiris Livas)
|29.06.||9-13||Half day Workshop: The Role of Terminology in Multilingual Lawmaking
(Chair: Prof. Dr. Martina Bajcic)
|14-18||Half day Workshop: Interdependencies of Strategic Communication in Politics and Legislation using the Example of Directive (EU) 2019/790 / Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market
(Keynote: Julia Reda (further member of the European Parliament), chaired by the CoSoDi-Team at the University of Siegen / Benjamin Bäumer M.A. and Prof. Dr. Friedemann Vogel)
|30.06.||9-13||Half day Workshop: EU Lawmaking, Translation and Corpora
(Chair and Speakers: Prof. Dr. Łucja Biel, Prof. Gianluca Pontrandolfo and Prof. Dr. Vilelmini Sosoni)
|14-18|| Half day Workshop: The Strategic Value of Ambiguity for the Authority of EU Law: Focus on EU Lawmaking and Adjudication
(Chair: Prof. Dr. Ralf Poscher; Speaker: Sofiya Kartalova, LL.M.)
|01.07.||9-13||Plenary Lectures: Judicial Lawmaking at the Crossroads of Law and Language
(UCPH researchers present their own research on how law is interpreted, shaped, and framed at international courts; suggested presenters: William Byrne, Sabine Mair, Jacob Slosser; Chair: Prof. Dr. Anne Lise Kjær, iCourts)
|14-18||Half day Workshop on Possible Employment of Corpus-Based Discourse Analysis for the Study of of Judicial Lawmaking
(Introduction by Prof. Dr. Anne Lise Kjær followed by discussions in working groups)
(Prof. Dr. Anne Lise Kjær and Prof. Dr. Friedemann Vogel)
|02.07.||9-11||Open Space: ILLA-PhD-Network on Language and Law
(PhD-self organized; chaired by the CoSoDi-Team at the University of Siegen)
About Chairs and Speakers (to be completed)
Benjamin Bäumer M.A. is a PhD student in legal linguistics at the German Department of the University of Siegen as well as a fellow of the House of Young Talents Academy’s excellence program. He holds a First State Exam (Linguistics, History and Philosophy) and is part of the CoSoDi-Team of Prof. Dr. Friedemann Vogel. Website: https://diskurslinguistik.net.
Mónica Fuentes García, lawyer-linguist, Council of the European Union.
Sofiya Kartalova, LL.M., is a Researcher at the Department of Public Law at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. She has successfully defended her PhD thesis at the Faculty of Law at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany, which explores the relationship between EU Constitutional Law and Linguistics in the context of the CJEU’s strategic treatment of ambiguity found in some of the Court's leading preliminary rulings and the EU Treaty text.
Prof. Dr. Sotiris Livas is Associate Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting at the Ionian University and Dr Ioannis P. Tzivaras, Associate Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Democritus University of Thrace and Visiting Professor School of Economics and Management, Open University of Cyprus (OUC).
PD Dr. Benedikt Pirker, LL.M., is a Senior Lecturer at the Chair for European, International and Public Law and the Institute for European Law at the University of Fribourg. He holds a Habilitation from that university and a PhD from the Graduate Institute Geneva.
Julia Reda (MEP 2014-2019) was directly involved in the legislation on the DSM Directive 2019/790 as a member of the Legal Affairs Committee. She also accompanied the legislative and implementation process through continuous reporting, classification and debates in politics, media and academia. She is currently an affiliate of the interdisciplinary Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society (Havard University), fellow of the Shuttleworth Foundation and board member of OKFDE. As director of the project "control ©" at Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte e.V., her work as an expert on copyright issues centers on fundamental rights problems in the context of freedom of communication.
Jennifer Smolka, M.A., is a Ph.D. candidate in linguistics at the Department of English Linguistics at the University of Fribourg and a translator at the Canton of Valais. She holds a Master’s degree in American Studies, French, and Russian from the University of Mainz, as well as a Post-Master’s Certificate of specialization in linguistics from the University of Geneva.
Roberto Spadaro, lawyer-linguist, Council of the European Union.
Prof. Dr. Friedemann Vogel is Professor of Socio- and Discourse Linguistics at the German Department of the University of Siegen. One of his main research areas is the language and strategic communication in law, media and politics. He is the coordinator of the Heidelberg Group of Legal Linguistics (AKJL) and was founding president of the International Language and Law Association (ILLA) from 2017-2019. Website: https://diskurslinguistik.net.
Kinga Wynands-Szentmáry, lawyer-linguist, European Parliament.