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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.

  • The Analysis of Legal Cases

    A Narrative Approach, 1st Edition

    By Flora Di Donato

    This book examines the roles played by narrative and culture in the construction of legal cases and their resolution. It is articulated in two parts. Part I recalls epistemological turns in legal thinking as it moves from theory to practice in order to show how facts are constructed within the…

    Hardback – 2019-07-23
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  • Research Methods in Legal Translation and Interpreting

    Crossing Methodological Boundaries, 1st Edition

    Edited by Łucja Biel, Jan Engberg, Rosario Martín Ruano, Vilelmini Sosoni

    The field of Legal translation and interpreting has strongly expanded over recent years. As it has developed into an independent branch of Translation Studies, this book advocates for a substantiated discussion of methods and methodology, as well as knowledge about the variety of approaches…

    Hardback – 2019-05-03
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  • Law, Cinema, and the Ill City

    Imagining Justice and Order in Real and Fictional Cities, 1st Edition

    Edited by Anne Wagner, Le Cheng

    This book uses film and television as a resource for addressing the social and legal ills of the city. It presents a range of approaches to view the ill city through cinematic and televisual characterization in urban frameworks, political contexts, and cultural settings. Each chapter deconstructs…

    Hardback – 2019-04-30
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  • Fiction and the Languages of Law

    Understanding Contemporary Legal Discourse, 1st Edition

    By Karen Petroski

    Contemporary legal reasoning has more in common with fictional discourse than we tend to realize. Through an examination of the U.S. Supreme Court’s written output during a recent landmark term, this book exposes many of the parallels between these two special kinds of language use. Focusing on…

    Hardback – 2018-11-02
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  • Multilingual Law

    A Framework for Analysis and Understanding, 1st Edition

    By Colin D Robertson

    This book introduces and explores the concept of multilingual law. Providing an overview as to what is 'multilingual law', the study establishes a new discourse based on this concept, which has hitherto lacked recognition for reasons of complexity and multidisciplinarity. The need for such a…

    Paperback – 2018-05-11
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  • Phraseology in Legal and Institutional Settings

    A Corpus-based Interdisciplinary Perspective, 1st Edition

    Edited by Stanislaw Goźdź-Roszkowski, Gianluca Pontrandolfo

    This volume presents a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of major developments in the study of how phraseology is used in a wide range of different legal and institutional contexts. This recent interest has been mainly sparked by the development of corpus linguistics research, which has both…

    Hardback – 2017-08-15
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  • International Arbitration Discourse and Practices in Asia

    1st Edition

    Edited by Vijay K. Bhatia, Maurizio Gotti, Azirah Hashim, Philip Koh, Sundra Rajoo

    International business exchanges between and with Asian countries have increased enormously over the last few years. As a natural consequence, this has brought about an increasing number of trade disputes that are being resolved through arbitration as an effective alternative to more expensive…

    Hardback – 2017-08-03
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  • Legal Persuasion

    A Rhetorical Approach to the Science, 1st Edition

    By Linda L. Berger, Kathryn M. Stanchi

    This book develops a central theme: legal persuasion results from making and breaking mental connections. This concept of making connections inspired the authors to take a rhetorical approach to the science of legal persuasion. That singular approach resulted in the integration of research from…

    Paperback – 2017-08-01
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  • The Ashgate Handbook of Legal Translation

    1st Edition

    Edited by Le Cheng, King Kui Sin, Wagner Anne

    This volume investigates advances in the field of legal translation both from a theoretical and practical perspective, with professional and academic insights from leading experts in the field. Part I of the collection focuses on the exploration of legal translatability from a theoretical angle.…

    Paperback – 2017-01-31
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  • Legal Lexicography

    A Comparative Perspective, 1st Edition

    By Máirtín Mac Aodha

    Legal lexicography or jurilexicography is the most neglected aspect of the discipline of jurilinguistics, despite its great relevance for translators, academics and comparative lawyers. This volume seeks to bridge this gap in legal literature by bringing together contributions from ten…

    Paperback – 2017-01-11
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  • Language and Culture in EU Law

    Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 1st Edition

    By Susan Šarčević

    Written by distinguished legal and linguistic scholars and practitioners from the EU institutions, the contributions in this volume provide multidisciplinary perspectives on the vital role of language and culture as key forces shaping the dynamics of EU law. The broad spectrum of topics sheds light…

    Paperback – 2017-01-09
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  • Synesthetic Legalities

    Sensory Dimensions of Law and Jurisprudence, 1st Edition

    Edited by Sarah Marusek

    Synesthesia is the phenomenon where sensual perceptions are joined together as a combined experience – that is, the ability to feel color, hear the visual, or even smell emotion. These types of unions expand the normativity of our legal thinking, as the abilities to represent the tethering of…

    Hardback – 2016-11-25
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  • Shari`a in the Secular State

    Evolving Meanings of Islamic Jurisprudence in Turkey, 1st Edition

    By Russell Powell

    Words in both law and religion can shape power relationships and are often highly disputed. Shari`a lies within the overlap of these two spheres and provides a unique subject for the study of meaning in that liminal space. This book contributes important insights related to Islamic jurisprudence…

    Hardback – 2016-06-20
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  • Towards Recognition of Minority Groups

    Legal and Communication Strategies, 1st Edition

    By Marek Zirk-Sadowski, Bartosz Wojciechowski

    This volume analyses current debates concerning problems in the nature, justification, and legal protection of human rights for minorities, with reference to the issues surrounding social milieu as a source of any legitimized law, which is in itself in need of legal recognition as well as being an…

    Hardback – 2014-12-11
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  • Human Rights and the Body

    Hidden in Plain Sight, 1st Edition

    By Annabelle Mooney

    Human Rights and the Body is a response to the crisis in human rights, to the very real concern that without a secure foundation for the concept of human rights, their very existence is threatened. While there has been consideration of the discourses of human rights and the way in which the body is…

    Hardback – 2014-09-25
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  • The Utopian Human Right to Science and Culture

    Toward the Philosophy of Excendence in the Postmodern Society, 1st Edition

    By Anna Maria Andersen Nawrot

    This book explores the question of whether the ideal right to science and culture exists. It proposes that the human right to science and culture is of a utopian character and argues for the necessity of the existence of such a right by developing a philosophical project situated in postmodernity,…

    Hardback – 2014-04-03
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  • Legal Interpretation in International Commercial Arbitration

    1st Edition

    By Joanna Jemielniak

    This book fills a gap in legal academic study and practice in International Commercial Arbitration (ICA) by offering an in-depth analysis on legal discourse and interpretation. Written by a specialist in international business law, arbitration and legal theory, it examines the discursive framework…

    Hardback – 2014-01-28
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  • Legal Certainty in Multilingual EU Law

    Language, Discourse and Reasoning at the European Court of Justice, 1st Edition

    By Elina Paunio

    How can multilingualism and legal certainty be reconciled in EU law? Despite the importance of multilingualism for the European project, it has attracted only limited attention from legal scholars. This book provides a valuable contribution to this otherwise neglected area. Whilst firmly situated…

    Hardback – 2013-11-21
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  • Language in the Negotiation of Justice

    Contexts, Issues and Applications, 1st Edition

    By Girolamo Tessuto

    Edited by Christopher Williams

    This book explores the ways language is used by the professional legal community for the communication of its main business - the negotiation of justice - in today’s globalized world. The volume addresses three main aspects of language use in the negotiation of justice. Beginning with the legal…

    Hardback – 2013-09-28
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  • Discourse and Practice in International Commercial Arbitration

    Issues, Challenges and Prospects, 1st Edition

    By Christopher N. Candlin

    Edited by Vijay K. Bhatia

    It is increasingly held that international commercial arbitration is becoming colonized by litigation. This book addresses, in a range of ways and from various locations and sites, those aspects of arbitration practice that are considered crucial for its integrity as an institution and its…

    Hardback – 2012-02-10
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  • Transparency, Power, and Control

    Perspectives on Legal Communication, 1st Edition

    By Christoph A. Hafner, Anne Wagner

    Edited by Vijay K. Bhatia

    This book brings together academics and practitioners from a range of disciplines from more than twenty countries to reflect on the growing importance of transparency, power and control in our international community and how these concerns and ideas have been examined, used and interpreted in a…

    Hardback – 2012-01-28
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  • Exploring Courtroom Discourse

    The Language of Power and Control, 1st Edition

    By Le Cheng

    Edited by Anne Wagner

    This volume presents a combination of practical, empirical research data and theoretical reflection to provide a comparative view of language and discourse in the courtroom. The work explores how the various disciplines of law and linguistics can help us understand the nature of "Power and Control"…

    Hardback – 2011-07-13
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  • Stories About Science in Law

    Literary and Historical Images of Acquired Expertise, 1st Edition

    By David S. Caudill

    Presenting examples of how literary accounts can provide a supplement to our understanding of science in law, this book challenges the view that law and science are completely different. It focuses on stories which explore the relationship between law and science, especially cultural images of…

    Hardback – 2011-05-17
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