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Social Media in Legal Practice

1st Edition

Edited by Vijay Bhatia, Girolamo Tessuto

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288 pages

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Description

There are multiple aspects of electronically-mediated communication that influence and have strong implications for legal practice. This volume focuses on three major aspects of mediated communication through social media. Part I examines social media and the legal community. It explores how this has influenced professional legal discourse and practice, contributing to the popularity of internet-based legal research, counselling and assistance through online services offering explanations of law, preparing documents, providing evidence, and even encouraging electronically mediated alternative dispute resolution. Part II looks at the use of social media for client empowerment. It examines how it has taken legal practice from a formal and distinct business to one that is publicly informative and accessible. Part III discusses the way forward, exploring the opportunities and challenges. Based on cases from legal practice in diverse jurisdictions, the book highlights key issues as well as implications for legal practitioners on the one hand, and clients on the other.

The book will be a valuable reference for international scholars in law and other socio-legal studies, discourse analysis, and practitioners in legal and alternative dispute resolution contexts.

Table of Contents

Introduction;

VIJAY K. BHATIA AND GIROLAMO TESSUTO;

SECTION 1: SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE LEGAL COMMUNITY;

  1. Environmental justice or ‘government overreach’: the rhetorical landscape of the Gibson guitar factory raids;

    ROY CARPENTER;

  2. Trial by (social) media: Anglo-Saxon and Italian practises in the digital age;

    DOUGLAS PONTON AND MARCO CANEPA;

  3. Legally dead, illegally frozen? The legal aspects of cryonics as discursively constructed online by providers and the media;

    KIM GREGO;

  4. The fuzzy line between media and judicial discourse: insights from the Pinto-López Madrid Case;

    GIANLUCA PONTRANDOLFO;

  5. Ideological positioning in Amnesty International human rights web-based documents;

    GERALD DELAHUNTY;

  6. Argumentation and video evidence in a legal context: an interdisciplinary case study from Brazilian military justice;

    ANDRE LAZARO, VICENTE RICCIO and AMITZA TORRES VIEIRA;

  7. SECTION 2: SOCIAL MEDIA FOR CLIENT EMPOWERMENT;

  8. The discursive construction of Hong Kong’s Civic Square in the media: contesting social and legal perspectives;

    ADITI BHATIA;

  9. Finding a way forward: a discourse analysis of the online popularisation of restorative justice in the United Kingdom;

    ANTONELLA NAPOLITANO;

  10. Helping Aussie women online: a discourse analysis of the Australian e-safety commissioner website;

    CARMINA MEOLA;

  11. Discursive illusions and manipulations in legal blogs on medically assisted procreation: Parrillo v. Italy Case;

    JEKATARINA NIKITINA;

  12. Jag 2.0: legal advice and dissemination in online military lawyer forums;

    ROXANNE BARBARA DOERR;

  13. The web-mediated construction of interdiscursive truth(s) about the MMR vaccine: a defamation case;

    ANNA FRANCA PLASTINA and ROSITA BELINDA MAGLIE;

  14. SECTION 3: CHALLENGES AND WAY FORWARD;

  15. The toxic proliferation of lies and fake news in the world of social media: is it time for the law to "unfriend" Facebook?;

    JANET AINSWORTH;

  16. ‘Fake news’ as interdiscursive illusion: a challenge to law, social media, and free speech;

    VIJAY K BHATIA;

  17. Information and communication technology in alternative dispute resolution: is it facilitative or disruptive?;

    RAJESH SHARMA;

About the Editors

Vijay K Bhatia retired as Professor from the City University of Hong Kong and is now a Visiting Professor at the Hellenic American University in Athens, and Adjunct Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Girolamo Tessuto is Professor of English Language, Linguistics and Translation, Department of Law, University of Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’, Caserta, Italy.

About the Series

Law, Language and Communication

Law, Language and Communication

This series encourages innovative and integrated perspectives within and across the boundaries of law, language and communication, with particular emphasis on issues of communication in specialized socio-legal and professional contexts. It seeks to bring together a range of diverse yet cumulative research traditions related to these fields in order to identify and encourage interdisciplinary research. The series welcomes proposals - both edited collections as well as single authored monographs - emphasizing critical approaches to law, language and communication, identifying and discussing issues, proposing solutions to problems, offering analyses in areas such as legal construction, interpretation, translation and de-codification.

Anne Wagner is Professor of Legal Semiotics and Research Professor at Centre de Recherche Droits & Perspectives du Droit, équipe René Demogue, Lille University, France. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (Springer) and President of the International Roundtables for the Semiotics of Law. She has been awarded the National Research Grant for her research career. Her main research interests include semiotics, verbal and non-verbal sign system analyses, language and law, legal culture and heritage, legal translation, legal terminology, and legal discourse studies.

Vijay K. Bhatia, formerly Professor of English, City University of Hong Kong, is now Adjunct Professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Visiting Professor at the Hellenic American University, Athens (Greece). He is also the founding President of the Languages for Specific Purposes and Professional Communication Association for Asia-Pacific. His research interests include Critical Genre Analysis, academic and professional discourses in legal, business, newspaper, and promotional contexts; ESP and Professional Communication; simplification of legal and other public documents; intercultural and cross-disciplinary variations in professional genres.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN004000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LAN009050
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
LAN016000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Semantics
LAW000000
LAW / General
LAW003000
LAW / Alternative Dispute Resolution
LAW013000
LAW / Civil Rights
LAW015000
LAW / Communications
LAW016000
LAW / Comparative
LAW025000
LAW / Courts
LAW037000
LAW / Evidence
LAW041000
LAW / Forensic Science
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General