1 - Call for papers



Law, Language and Literature

17 and 18 June 2011


The CRCL (Centre for Research on Common Law/CREA, EA 370) is organizing a conference on law, language and literature to be held on 17 and 18 June 2011 at the University of Université Paris Nanterre (Nanterre-La Défense).

Legal adjudication is fundamentally a question of interpretation. Despite the presence of interpretation sections in statutes and other legal documents, it is characteristic of lawyers and judges to argue about the meaning of words. More generally, the social sciences and the humanities are all concerned with language, and more specifically with meaning. The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers in law, philosophy, linguistics and literary studies, to examine the mutual relevance of their work in this field.

Papers are invited on the following topics, preferably, but not exclusively with reference to the law of common law countries:

1. Philosophical and linguistic theories of meaning, legal definitions and judicial interpretation

2. Argumentation theories and judicial argumentation

3. The functions of literary references in judicial argumentation

4. Other aspects of the relevance of the literary disciplines (poetics, literary rhetoric, stylistics, narratology, literary criticism) for the analysis of law (excluding representations of law in literature)

Offers of papers with a 200-word abstract, a biographical note and contact details should be addressed by 30 January 2011 to the two organizers:

Ross Charnock (Senior Lecturer at Paris Dauphine): charnock@dauphine.fr Sebastian McEvoy (Professor at Université Paris Université Paris Nanterreniversity): stmcevoy@gmail.com

Mis à jour le 17 mars 2011