International Legal Linguistics Workshop 2020 (ILLWS20)

International Legal Linguistics Workshop (ILLWS20)


The third International Legal Linguistics Workshop (ILLWS20) will take place online and will be organised by the Austrian Association for Legal Linguistics (AALL).

The workshop will take place on Saturday 12th December 2020 via Zoom.

We are accepting papers for 20-minute presentations. The focus of the workshop is legal linguistics. It will primarily address, but is not limited to, questions such as:

  • Can legal linguistics contribute to current discussions and challenges in analytical and normative jurisprudence? If so, how?
  • Are there any similarities or differences between legal discourse and political discourse? If so, should a line be drawn?
  • How can research associations function as exchange platforms of practitioner’s knowledge and professional experience?
  • Does descriptive legal linguistics exist? If not, is descriptivism an ideology?
  • How can legal linguistics provide critical perspectives on law and legal institutions as arenas of practice?
  • How has the SARS-CoV-2 (‘Corona’) outbreak impacted legislative drafting in Europe?
  • Which role should legal linguists play in asylum procedure in Europe?
  • Can legal linguistics make a practical contribution to the judicial training of judges, prosecutors and other legal professionals? If so, how?
  • How can legal linguists protect and preserve the constitutional state in Europe?
  • Are there ethical principles and rules of conduct that legal linguists should always follow? If not, is the draft of the Vienna Declaration sufficient?

Abstracts should be 200-300 words and should include 3-5 keywords and a selection of key references (3-5). Please also include information regarding the author(s), such as names and affiliations.

Submissions should be sent to

Deadline for submissions: 15th October 2020

There is no participation fee. You do not have to be a member of the AALL to take part in the workshop. Only people whose papers are accepted and members of the AALL will be granted access to the Zoom conference.

Workshop organisers:

  • Daniel Leisser:
  • Luke Green:


— Download call for papers here.