CLARITY AND OBSCURITY IN LEGAL LANGUAGE (CLARITY2005)

Venue: UNIVERSITY OF LITTORAL

Location: BOULOGNE SUR MER - 62200, France

Event Date/Time: Jul 05, 2005 End Date/Time: Jul 09, 2005
Early Registration Date: Jan 01, 2004
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 24, 2005
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 6

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8:30 am

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

- Madam Catherine Bergeal, Director of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Paris, France, “ The quality of legislative and regulatory drafting in France” (Fr.)

- The Honourable Justice Michael Kirby, High Court of Australia (Eng.)

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10:00 am BREAK

10:30 am

WRITING THE LAW (Common session for all cultures and languages)

Panel Chair: Sir Edward Caldwell, Law Commission, UK


2:00 pm

MASTER CLASSES (concurrent English and French sessions)

Master Class in English: WRITING THE LAW IN PLAIN LANGUAGE
For the USA, the Commonwealth, and other English-speaking jurisdictions (common law)

Panel Chair: Conrad Dehn, QC, Barrister, Fountain Court Chambers, Statute Law Society Council, UK

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2:00 pm

Master Class in French: WRITING THE LAW IN PLAIN LANGUAGE
Bilingual or multilingual law and the search for clarity

Panel Chair: Lionel Levert, Ministry of Justice, Canada

MASTER CLASSES (CONTINUED)

Master Class in English: WRITING THE LAW IN PLAIN LANGUAGE
For the USA, the Commonwealth, and other English-speaking jurisdictions (common law)

Panel Chair: Joe Kimble, Professor, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, USA

Master Class in French: WRITING THE LAW IN PLAIN LANGUAGE
For French-speaking jurisdictions (mostly civil law and also common law)

Panel Chair: André Labelle, Ministry of Justice, Canada
THURSDAY, JULY 7

8:30 am

KEYNOTE SPEECH:
James Kessler, QC, Practitioner, English Revenue Bar, “Objectivity and subjectivity in interpretation” (Eng.)

9:00 am

PLAIN LANGUAGE IN THE JUDICIAL CONTEXT

Chairs: Lawrence Solan, Professor, Brooklyn Law School
Pierre-André Lecocq, Professor, Université de Lille II

9:00 am

THE COMPUTER TOOLS OF PLAIN LANGUAGE: Technical workshop

Panel Chair: Louis Beaudoin, Jurilinguist, Canada

11:00 am

FUZZINESS IN LEGAL LANGUAGE

Panel Chairs: Jan Engberg, Professor, Aarhus School of Business
Anne Wagner, Senior Lecturer, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale

11:00 am

CLARITY IN THE COMMUNICATION WITH CITIZENS

Panel Chair: Peter Tiersma, Professor, Loyola Law School, USA, “Textual traps for the unwary”
Lawrence Solan, Professor, Brooklyn Law School, USA

2:00 pm

READABILITY IN EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS

Panel Chairs: Pascale Berteloot, Head of Unit on Access to Law, Publications Office of the European Union
Daniel Fasquelle, Professor, Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale
4:00 pm

THREE SIMULTANEOUS SESSIONS (one in English, one in French, one Bilingual)

ISSUES IN PLAIN-LANGUAGE WRITING

Panel Chairs: Anne Wagner, Senior Lecturer, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale
Olivier Carton, Member of the LARJ, Lecturer, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale
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PLAIN LANGUAGE IN CIVIL LAW CULTURES (French-speaking and others)

Panel Chair: Nicole Fernbach, Centre International de Lisibilité®, Canada
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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF LEGAL WRITERS & DRAFTERS

Panel Chair: Richard Foley, Lecturer, University of Lapland

FRIDAY, JULY 8

8:30 am

KEYNOTE SPEECH: Jean-Paul GAUZES, Member of Parliament, European Parliament
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9:00 am
TWO SIMULTANEOUS SESSIONS (in English and in French)

FROM PLAIN ENGLISH TO PLAIN LANGUAGES: A multilingual effort

Panel Chair: Vijay Bhatia, Professor, City University of Hong Kong

OR

9:00 am

IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY ON ACCESS TO LAW

Panel Chair: Danièle Bourcier, Laboratory Director, CERSA, Université Paris II

11:00 am


PLAIN LANGUAGE IN MULTIDISCIPLINARY CONTEXTS

Panel Chairs: Maurizio Gotti, Professor, University of Bergamo
Ross Charnock, Senior Lecturer, Université Paris 9


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PAST AND FUTURE OF PLAIN LANGUAGE, OR PLAIN LANGUAGES (EUROPEAN): INFORMAL ROUNDTABLES

Panel Chairs: Nicole Fernbach and Catherine Rawson


2:00 pm

TWO SIMULTANEOUS SESSIONS

PAST AND FUTURE OF PLAIN LANGUAGE, OR PLAIN LANGUAGES (INTERNATIONAL): INFORMAL ROUNDTABLES

Panel Chair: Peter Butt, Professor of Law, University of Sydney, Australia


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ISSUES IN FRENCH LEGAL WRITING: TWO DEBATES (Gender-free writing and simplification of spelling)

Panel Chairs: Michèle Lenoble-Pinson, Professor, President of the Belgium Association for the Implementation of Spelling Recommendations (APARO), Belgium, “De la Demanderesse à la juge, Féminisation des noms de professions et de fonctions en Belgique” (Fr.)
Olivier Carton, Member of the LARJ, Lecturer, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale


4:00 pm

HOW TO MAKE CLARITY MAINSTREAM: OVERCOMING THE OBSTACLES TO PLAIN LANGUAGE

Panel Chair: Christopher Balmford, CEO, Cleardocs.com, Sydney, Australia

5:00 pm

WRAP-UP AND CLOSING OF THE CONFERENCE


SATURDAY, JULY 9

Guided excursion and Luncheon

Venue

34 GRANDE RUE
France
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