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.


Richard Bonomo – Secretary


Richard Bonomo holds a BA in Cultural and Social Anthropology and a Law degree (Mag.iur.) from the University of Vienna. He is currently a trainee lawyer at a Viennese law firm.


Doha Nasr – Vice-secretary



Luke Green – Treasurer


Luke Green is a graduate of English and German from the University of Vienna, as well as a graduate of Music from Canterbury Christ Church University. In addition to his work at the AALL, he is a language teacher and a podcaster.


Barbara Justen – Vice-treasurer


Barbara Justen is currently studying law, linguistics and translation studies at the University of Vienna. Her research interests lie in legislative drafting and language teaching.

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 (in alphabetical order):
  • Mag. Martin Dunkl
  • Mag. Peter Eschig, LLM LLM
    • Download slides: “What lawyers want: praktische Herausforderungen bei der Übersetzungstätigkeit für Juristen” (ILLWS 2018) – click here.
    • Download slides: “Lost for words: Vertragsinterpretations nach Civil Law vs Common Law” (AALL conference 2019) – click here.
  • Univ.-Prof. i.R. Dr. Hannes Kniffka
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Claus Luttermann
  • Prof.in Dr.in Karin Luttermann
  • Mag. Dr. Benedikt Lutz
  • Univ.-Prof.in Dr.in Gerlinde Mautner
  • ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Christian Piska
  • Mag.a Dr.in Maria Pober

    • Download slides: “Geschlechterordnungen heute: Von Cis-, Transgender und Intergeschlecht in Sprache und Recht” (ILLWS 2019) – click here.
    • Download abstract: “Geschlechterordnungen heute: Von Cis-, Transgender und Intergeschlecht in Sprache und Recht” (ILLWS 2019) – click here (German version) or here (English version).
  • RA Michael Schmuck
  • MinR. i.R. Dr. Alfred Stratil
    • Download slides: “Implementing EU-Directives into national law: legal and linguistic challenges” (AALL conference 2019) – click here.