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



Mag. Daniel Leisser, BA – Founder and president


Daniel Leisser holds a BA in English and American Studies and an MA in English language and history. He is currently an LLM student of the University of Edinburgh. Daniel specialises in statutory interpretation, legislative drafting, contract formation, and the theory of legal aptitude testing.


Luke Green, BMus – Co-founder and 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, speaker recognition and language teaching.


Christine Spohr – Vice-president


Christine Spohr is a linguist and scholar of literature and cultural studies. She has studied at the universities of Málaga, Münster and Vienna since 1994. Her scientific interests lie in the field of comparative and interdisciplinary research. She places particular focus on rhetoric and on the way language influences our perception.


Christina Novak – Secretary


Currently, Christina Novak is studying English and Spanish in the 2nd part of the teacher training programme at the University of Vienna. Her research interests lie in the areas of politeness in business communication, speaker identification in criminal investigations, and social media interaction.


Katharina Reschenhofer, BA – Vice-secretary


Barbara Katharina Reschenhofer obtained her BA in English & American Studies at the University of Vienna, minoring in Global Corporate Management and Communication Studies. She is currently working towards completing her MA degree in Anglophone Cultures, whilst teaching in the field of children’s and adult’s English education.

Further contact people



Iris Paur – Research group coordinator


Iris Paur is currently in the course of completing her teaching degree in English and French at the University of Vienna. Her main research interests include the corpus-based analysis of discourse, especially in the contexts of speaker recognition/identification, linguistic profiling and lie/deception detection.