Event Date/Time: May 17, 2006 End Date/Time: May 19, 2006
Registration Date: May 16, 2006
Early Registration Date: Apr 01, 2006
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Both legal practice and lawmaking are possible only through language. Beyond the precise wording of laws, however, other linguistic aspects are also of pivotal importance for judicial proceedings. For example, the careful analysis of regional or sociolinguistic peculiarities is often employed in profiling and assessments of witness testimonies and can actively support legal practitioners in reaching concise and accurate judgements.

Conversely, language may also turn out to be a barrier, especially when it is necessary to overcome international and intercultural borders. The necessity to harmonize the European Union's legislation and strong trends of economic globalisation lead to a number of different problems. What should have priority in cases of language ambiguity? A perhaps incorrect translation into a national language or the English original version? In what way are international laws adapted to legal institutions of a particular nation?

These questions underline that there is a close connection between linguistics and jurisprudence, between language and law.

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Alt Himmelgeist 25
Duesseldorf
Germany
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