4 - Participants

The Organizers

Christian Biet is professor of performing arts, theater history, and French studies at Université Paris Nanterre (the University of Université Paris Nanterre) and the Institut Universitaire de France. He is a visiting professor in the French Department of New York University. He has published several books and articles on French and English seventeenth- and eighteenth-century theater and on law and literature, among which Oedipe en monarchie (1994), Droit et litérature sous l'ancien régime (2002), Moi, Pierre Corneille (2006) and Qu'est-ce que le théâtre? (with Christophe Triau) (2006).

Ross Charnock took his doctorate in linguistic pragmatics in Paris during the early 80s, under Professor Oswald Ducrot. Now Maître de Conférences at Université Paris-Dauphine, he specialises in the linguistics of the common law, publishing mainly on argumentation and semantics in common law judgments. Recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Pragmatics and in the International Journal of the Semiotics of Law.

Sebastian McEvoy is professor at Université Paris Nanterre where he directs the bilingual program in European laws/common law section, within which he teaches criminal law and contract law. He is the author of L'Invention defensive: poétique, linguistique, droit (1995), articles in English or French on related issues, and a novel Le rêve du milieu (2000). He created the CRCL (Centre for Research on Common Law) in 2009.

Léda Mansour works at the Université Paris Nanterre Research Office. She obtained her PhD with a thesis on 'The Representation of Discourse in Naguib Mahfouz' Cairo Trilogy'.

The Speakers

Chiara Battisti is researcher of English  Literature at the Faculty of Foreign Languages, Department of Foreign Languages, University of Verona. Her research interests include literature and the visual arts, with a particular focus on literature and cinema, literature and science, law and literature, gender studies and fashion studies. She is member of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE), of AIA (Associazione Italiana di Anglistica) and of AIDEL  (Associazione Italiana Diritto  e Letteratura).

Daniela Carpi is full professor of English Literature at the Faculty of Foreign Literatures, Department of English Studies, University of Verona. Her fields of research are: Renaissance theatre, critical theory, postmodernism, law and literature, literature and science, literature and visual arts. She collaborates with Longo publisher in Ravenna, with Ombre Corte in Verona, where she directs a section Culture' devoted to comparative criticism and a section Agon' with professors Monateri and Somma; with DeGruyter in Berlin, where she directs (together with professor Klaus Stierstorfer) a series Law and Literature'.  She is the Coordinator of the Doctoral Course in English Studies at the University of Verona. She is in the scientific board of the journals Symbolism: a Journal of Critical Aesthetics (New York), Anglistik (Heidelberg), La torre di Babele (Parma), Law and Humanities (Warwick). She has founded the journal Polemos, published by Giappichelli, which she directs with Prof. Monateri, and the Associazione Italiana di Diritto e Letteratura (AIDEL), which she presides. Among her most recent publications: The Concept of Equity: an Interdisciplinary Assessment, Winter, Heidelberg, 2007; Practising Equity, Addressing Law, Winter, Heidelberg, 2008; Bioethics and Biolaw through Literature, DeGruyter, Berlin/New York, forthcoming 2011.

Ross Charnock: see above 'The organisers'.

Marion Charret del Bove is a lecturer in the law/social and political department of Paris Nord University, where she has been teaching legal English since September 2010. She is a member of CRIDAF. Her main research activities concern the relationship between law and literature. She is also currently interested in comparative criminal procedure (France/common law countries).

Cristina Costantini is a lecturer and researcher on private comparative law, at the faculty of law of the University of Bergamo. She is a member of AIDEL and has published on law and law and literature.

Leif Dahlberg is Associate Professor School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC) of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), in Stockholm. He received his PhD in Comparative Literature from Stockholms universitet. Before teaching Communication and Media studies at KTH he taught as senior lecturer of Comparative Literature at Linköpings universitet and Stockholms universitet. He has been visiting lecturer/professor at Beijing Daxue (Peking University), Södertörns högskola, and Örebro universitet. He teaches media and theoretical texts that range from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century. He has written on German Romanticism, European Modernism, Narratology, Media history, Law and Literature, Advertising, and New media. His current research project investigates the construction and representation of legal spaces in law, literature and political philosophy in works from Greek antiquity to the present.

Eveline T. Feteris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory and Rhetoric at the University of Amsterdam. In her research she concentrates on legal argumentation and communication. She has numerous written articles and books on legal argumentation such as Fundamentals of legal argumentation, 1999.

Victor Ferry started a PhD under the direction of Emmanuelle Danblon on the concept of proof in rhetoric. He is the author of a number of articles and papers focusing on the use of artistic' proofs (as defined by Aristotle) in contemporary historical discourses.

Sidia Fiorato is researcher  of English  Literature at the Faculty of Foreign Languages, Department of Foreign Languages, University of Verona. Her research interests include law and literature, literature and science, detective fiction, literature and dance. She is member of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE), of AIA (Associazione Italiana di Anglistica) and of AIDEL  (Associazione Italiana Diritto  e Letteratura).

Geraldine Gabdin-George is lecturer at the University Panthéon-Assas (Paris). Previously, she worked as a solicitor in England and an avocat' in France.  She has published articles on law.

Maurizio Gotti is Professor of English Language and Translation and Director of the Research Centre on Specialized Languages (CERLIS) at the University of Bergamo. He is Director of the Language Centre at the University of Bergamo and President of the Italian Association of University Language Centres. His main research areas are the features and origins of specialized discourse, both in a synchronic and diachronic perspective (Robert Boyle and the Language of Science, Guerini 1996; Specialized Discourse: Linguistic Features and Changing Conventions, Peter Lang 2003; Investigating Specialized Discourse, Peter Lang 12005, 22008). He is also interested in English syntax - English Diachronic Syntax (ed.), Guerini 1993; Variation in Central Modals (co-author), Peter Lang 2002 - and English lexicology and lexicography, with particular regard to specialized terminology and canting (The Language of Thieves and Vagabonds, Niemeyer 1999). He is a member of the Editorial Board of national and international journals, and edits the Linguistic Insights series for Peter Lang.

Maureen Klos is a Senior English lecturer in the Applied Languages Department (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa).  She has published journal articles and chapters in books as well as presented many international conference papers on applied linguistic topics.  These include: English literacy support systems and the construction of socio-cultural identity via language educational situations.  Her research has also explored gender based affective issues in learning in general.

Ms Tamara Klos is a practising attorney at the firm of Friedman Scheckter (in Port Elizabeth, South Africa).  She was awarded the LLM cum laude and received the award for best Masters Dissertation at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2010. The title of her dissertation is The Recognition and Protection of the Landlord's Rights and Interests within the Framework of the Rental Housing Act 50 of 1999.  She has also presented an international conference papers on Landlords as Consumers.

Anne Richardson Oakes is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law Birmingham City University. She has a professional legal background and extensive teaching experience in the fields of property law and public law. Her current teaching interest is U.S. Constitutional Law which she delivers on the LLB programme. Her doctoral research concerned the Boston Schools Desegregation case and she has published and presented papers in this area. She is a researcher in the Law School's Centre for American Legal Studies.

Anne-Marie O'Connell is a lecturer in legal English and the civilisation of Common Law countries at the Département des Langues et Civilisations of the University of Toulouse 1 Capitole. After completing a PhD on the semiotic analysis of Irish mythology as well as a PhD on the language of being in Martin Heidegger's philosophy, she is currently working on jurisprudence and the didactics of English for specific purposes. She is also a member of the LAIRDIL (Laboratoire interuniversitaire de didactique des langues).

Giulia Aiana Pennisi is tenured researcher in English Language and Translation at the University of Palermo (Sicily - Italy). She holds an M.A in Comparative Literature, Michigan State University (U.S.). She is currently working on specialized languages with a particular attention to lexico-grammatical and textual analysis of legal discourse genres within multilingual and multicultural contexts, on which she has presented papers on national and international conferences. Her publications include All-inclusiveness in Legal Language. Cross-cultural Perspectives in Specialised Discourse' (2008), The Lexicon of Community Acquis: how to negotiate the non-negotiable' (2009), and The Discursive Construction of European Identity: Stylistic Analysis of Text in Context'' (2010).

José Plug is lecturer and researcher at the Department of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory and Rhetoric (University of Amsterdam). Since 2005 she has also been the director of education of the Department of Dutch studies. Plug obtained her PhD doing interdisciplinary research on argumentation in legal decisions. In addition to legal argumentation, her research interests are political argumentation and the theory of debate. Some recent publications are: Argumentation and the Application of Legal rules (with E.T. Feteris and H. Kloosterhuis), Institutional Boundaries on the Evaluation of Argumentation in Legislative Discussions' (Legisprudence. International Journal for the Study of Legislation. Volume IV-I) and Ad-hominem arguments in Dutch and European parliamentary debates: strategic manoeuvring in an institutional context' (in C. Ilie (Ed.),. European Parliaments under Scrutiny: Discourse Strategies and Interaction Practices Amsterdam: John Benjamins).

Erika Rackley is a senior lecturer in law in the Law School at Durham University. She has written widely on judicial diversity. She is currently completing a monograph Women, Judging and the Judiciary: From Difference to Diversity (Routledge, 2011) and was co-organiser of the Feminist Judgments Project.

Ryan Max Riley graduated with a BA in Literature from Harvard University in 2007, and is currently writing on law and literature in a master's degree program in Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford.

Colin Robertson holds a Law Degree from Aberdeen University and is a member of the Law Society of Scotland. He currently works as legal-linguistic reviser (lawyer-linguist) at the Council of the European Union. He has knowledge of several languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Czech, Slovak and Bulgarian. Previously, he worked as a lawyer in UK public service, including two years in the Legal Service of the European Commission. He passed an EU lawyer-linguist competition and subsequently worked as legal translator in the Court of Justice of the EU before joining the Council in 1993. He is interested in legal language, especially multilingual EU legal language and terminology and has published recently on multilingual law, LSP and EU legal language, EU law and semiotics. He has publications in Scots dialect in Lallans magazine. He is married with two children.

Armelle Sabatier is lecturer in legal English at the University Panthéon-Assas (Paris). Her research focuses on Jacobean literature and law and literature.

Julia Shaw began her academic career at the University of Lancaster, where she held a lectureship in law and completed a jurisprudential doctoral thesis on Kant's moral philosophy and its application to ethical dilemmas arising within a formal legal context.  She joined the Law Department at Aston University, where she became Director of Legal Studies; also she has taught at Nantes University, Beijing University and held two External Examiner posts.  Three years ago she joined De Montfort School of Law; and since 2007 has organised the Law and Literature' stream for the annual Socio-legal Studies conference and regularly presents her research at a range of international conferences.  She has produced and collaborated on a broad range of publications including journal articles, book chapters and book reviews; her most recent paper (on the continuing relevance of ars poetica to legal scholars and practitioners within the legal community) has recently been published in the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law / Revue Internationale de Sémiotique.  Her research areas are legal philosophy and semiotics, applied legal ethics and legal theory; she is currently working on a monograph for Routledge, with the working title Law and the Passions'.

Martin Solly is Associate Professor of English Language and Translation at the University of Florence. His main current research interests concern language learning in higher education and specialized discourse in academic and professional settings. In this regard he is particularly concerned with the relationship between language and context (institutional, disciplinary, intercultural etc) as well as with how language choice impacts on the construction and representation of identity. Other areas of major interest include the analysis of academic / scientific texts, academic literacy, language planning and policy, sociolinguistics, language teaching / learning methodology. Co-editor of Verbal/Visual Narrative Texts in Higher Education (Peter Lang 2008) and Identity and Culture in English Domain-specific Discourse (Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane 2008), his recent publications include Linguistic choice in the discourse of contemporary educational reform' in Discourse and Contemporary Social Change (Peter Lang 2007),  Implementing the Bologna Process in Italy' in ESP in European Higher Education (John Benjamins 2008), Using language to shape identity in academic discourse: The case of disclaimers and provisos' in Commonality and Individuality in Academic Discourse (Peter Lang 2009).

Pei Lee Yeoh is a lecturer with the School of Social Sciences at UCSI University, Malaysia where she lectures on Applied Linguistics and Media Law. She holds an LL.B (Hons) from the University of London, the Certificate in Legal Practice of Malaysia, and Masters in Education (TESL) from Universiti Malaya. Her research interests are in legal discourse, critical discourse studies, and human rights issues.

Updated on 14 avril 2011