Welcome to the 7th ILLWS24


The seventh International Legal Linguistics Workshop (ILLWS24) will be held at the Faculty of Law on 25 June 2024 and co-hosted by the Austrian Association for Legal Linguistics (AALL) and the Department of Administrative and Constitutional Law at the University of Vienna. The focus of the workshop is legal language teaching under the theme “The Future of Teaching Law and Language” (see programme below).

We would like to extend our gratitude to our generous sponsors and partners: Obstbaumschule Schreiber, Bäckerei StröckDuncker & Humblot, Restaurant Lebenszeit, Frank & Timme, Vinzirast, Grubers Hotel Apartments Gastein, LIT Verlag, Facultas, Springer, the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (IJSL) and the International Journal of Language & Law (JLL). We especially thank Obstbaumschule Schreiber for their continued partnership and support.



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It is an honour and great pleasure that welcome Robert S. Hammer, former Assistant General Attorney  as our Keynote Speaker this year.

Image credit: Robert Hammer (private collection)

  • born in New York City on 9 August 1940
  • Bachelor of Arts, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Juris Doctor, Columbia University Law School, New York City
  • admitted to the New York State Bar in 1964
  • Associate at a civil practice law firm (1964-1966)
  • Assistant New York State Attorney General (1967)
  • Principal law clerk, New York Court of Claims (1994-1998)
  • small private practice (1998-2004)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Legal Writing, Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School (1991-2004)
  • moved to Jerusalem, Israel in 2004
  • U.S. Naval Reserve judge-advocate, retired as Commander
  • lives in Israel since 2014


9:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:05 Christian Piska (Juridicum, Faculty of Law), Daniel Green (AALL)

Welcome address and opening

10:05 – 10:45 Keynote

Robert S. Hammer

What should today’s and tomorrow’s law students learn about the use of language in law?

10:45 -11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:30 Christian Piska

Challenges of generation Z lawyers

11:30 – 12:00 Kamil Zeidler, Joanna Kamień

The law and literature as the future of teaching law and language

12:00 – 12:30 Januš Chaim Varburgh

Responsibility through legal literacy in hotel management: A practitioner’s perspective on legal language teaching and communication in the hospitality industry

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 14:00 Alexander Teutsch, Michelle Albani

  „Mehrsprachigkeit im Rechtsleben“ am Juridicum: Ein Resümee

14:00 -14:30 Martina Bajčić, Dejana Golenko

Integrating information literacy into legal education

14:30 – 15:00 Andrea Steiner

English for legal professionals in government and beyond

15:00 – 15:15 Break
15:15 – 15:45 Daniel Green

The semiotics of law and legal language teaching: Data trends and trajectories

15:45 – 16:15 Silvia Kummer

  Metaphorical expressions in legal discourse

16:15 – 16:45 Maria Pober 

Hyperonyme für alle in der Rechtssprache?

16:45 – 17:00 Break
17:00 – 17:30 Paul Schwarzenbacher

What is critical legal language teaching?

17:30 – 18:00 Annelise de Vries, Zakeera Docrat

Innovative integration: Leveraging AI for a speech-to-text model in enhancing legal language teaching within the South African police service

18:00 – 18:30 Cornelia Eißler, Daniel Green

Beyond moralisation: Termination of pregnancy and the principles of legal language teaching

18:30 – 18:45 Closing discussion and farewell

Download the ILLWS24 programme: click here

Download the call for papers: click here

FAQ – International Legal Linguistics Workshop (ILLWS24)

Q: When and where will the ILLWS24 take place?
A: The ILLWS24 will take place on 25 June 2024 at Juridicum, Faculty of Law
at the University of Vienna between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m CET.
Q: Who are the organisers of the ILLWS24?
A: The ILLWS24 is organised by the Austrian Association for Legal Linguistics (AALL) in
cooperation with the Department of Administrative and Constitutional Law
at the University of Vienna.
Q: Is there a fee for attending or participating in the ILLWS24?
A: No, there is no fee for attending or participating in the ILLWS24.
Q: How do I register for the ILLWS24?
A: By confirming your participation, you have been registered for ILLWS24.
Q: Who can attend the ILLWS24?
A: The ILLWS24 is open to everyone interested in the field of linguistics, law, legal
linguistics, forensic linguistics, and related fields.
Q: How can I attend the ILLWS24?
A: You have the option to participate in the ILLWS24 either virtually, via online attendance,
or physically, by attending in person. For online attendees, the Zoom link will be made
available on 6 June 2024.
Q: What language should the presentations be held in?
A: Presentations should be held in either English or German.
Q: Will attendees receive a certificate of attendance?
A: Yes, all registered attendees will receive a certificate of attendance during the workshop.
Q: Is there going to be a conference dinner?
A: There will be an informal get-together after the ILLWS24 has ended. Details will be provided
closer to the event date.
If your question is not answered here, please email us: legallinguistics2024@gmail.com

Are you looking for a comfortable stay during the ILLWS24?

Check out our recommended hotels below:

Boutique Hotel Donauwalzer Hilton Vienna Plaza
Address: Hernalser Gürtel 27
A-1170 Vienna
Email: servus@donauwalzer.at
Website: donauwalzer.at

Hilton Vienna Plaza
Address: Schottenring 11
A-1010 Vienna
Email: info.viennaplaza@hilton.com
Website: hilton.com/viennaplaza

Motel One Wien-Staatsoper
Address: Elisabethstraße 5,
A-1010 Vienna
Email: wien-staatsoper@motel-one.com
Website: motel-one.com/wien-staatsoper

For further information, please send an email to legallinguistics2024@gmail.com.

The ILLWS24 Organising Committee  

Daniel Green
Christian Piska
Januš C. Varburgh
Sophie Mochar
Paul Schwarzenbacher
Maria Pober
Cornelia Eißler

ILLWS24 Conference & Event Management

Januš C. Varburgh