About us

Who are we?


The AALL is a non-profit scientific organisation striving for excellence in the investigation of language use in legal contexts. The association consists primarily of scholars from legal linguistics and the legal domain. Our research focuses on statutory interpretation, linguistic evidence in the juridical process, speaker recognition and identification, and commentaries on legal developments.

If you are interested in joining the AALL, please visit our “Join” page here, or get in touch for more information: info@oegrl.com.

Meet the Executive Board



Daniel Leisser – President


Daniel Leisser holds a BA in English and American studies and an MA in English language and history from the University of Vienna. He obtained his LL.M from the University of Edinburgh and specialises in data protection law, statutory interpretation, legislative drafting, and the role of linguistic indeterminacy in Austrian criminal proceedings.


Thomas Kronschläger – Vice-president


Thomas Kronschläger completed his teaching degree in German and English at the University of Vienna and has been working as a research assistant at the Department for German Studies at TU Braunschweig since October 2018. Apart from his major subject, didactics of literature, his research interest centers on poststructuralist linguistics, understandability and participation studies.


Vanessa Krebs – Secretary


Vanessa Krebs holds an MA in history and a teaching degree in English and history. She is currently teaching at a grammar school in Vienna. She specialises in didactics of literature and language teaching.


Richard Bonomo – Vice-secretary


Richard Bonomo holds a BA in Cultural and Social Anthropology and is currently pursuing his diploma in Legal Studies at the University of Vienna. He defines himself as a legal anthropologist. His interests lie in rhetorics and the interplay between language and worldview.


Luke Green – Treasurer


Luke Green is a student of English and German and a tutor for English linguistics at the University of Vienna, as well as a graduate of Music from Canterbury Christ Church University. His research interests include phonetics & phonology in the contexts of diachronic language change and language teaching.


Natalie Nagl – Vice-treasurer


Natalie Nagl has been a doctoral student at the University of Innsbruck since October 2018. She is currently working on her dissertation with the working title Rechtssicherheits- und Einzelfallgerechtigkeitsfaktoren in Definitionen von Rechtsbegriffen. Das österreichische Rechtssystem unter der Lupe der Linguistik und Terminologie. Further to this, she holds a BA in German and an MA in Translation Studies, with a focus on specialised communication.

Advisory board


The advisory board of the Austrian Association for Legal Linguistics consists of experts from the fields of law, linguistics, or legal linguistics who support the AALL through consultancy or public relations work on the basis of their exceptional scientific or practice-oriented qualifications.
Currently, the advisory board of the AALL consists of the following people:
  • MinR. i.R. Dr. Alfred Stratil
  • Mag. Peter Eschig, LLM LLM
    • Download Peter Eschig’s presentation “What lawyers want: praktische Herausforderungen bei der Übersetzungstätigkeit für Juristen” from the International Legal Linguistics Workshop 2018 here.
  • Mag. Martin Dunkl
  • ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Christian Piska
  • Mag.a Dr.in Maria Pober