Feb 2, 2017

CfP: Conf, Interplay between language, paralinguistics and the administration of international criminal justice

Call for papers


19 June 2017

University of Greenwich, London

*A one-day International Conference being hosted by the School of Law & the Centre for Criminology at Greenwich in June 2017 with kind support from the Peter Harris Trust.*

The Conference aims to promote interdisciplinary discussions and investigations into linguistic as well as paralinguistic causes and corresponding legal effects of defective interpretations and translations in international war crimes trials. The quality of these trials and the accuracy of historical records they produce are compromised by inconsistent standards and practices relating to language services adopted by international courts and tribunals, including the International Criminal Court (ICC). The lack of an official framework surrounding interpreting and translation services within international criminal justice models remains surprising, particularly within bodies established by the UN such as the ICTY and ICTR. Pre-trial and trial interpretation and translation errors and omissions, which derive from differences between first/original languages and official court languages into which they are translated, can result in inaccurate interpretations and unintended meanings. This in turn can alter original meanings and lead to misleading interpretations of probative evidence, affecting the right to a fair trial. The responsibility to fully explore reasons and conditions that may lead to procedurally and ethically unjust trial outcomes rests on the judiciary. The responsibility to provide effective remedies in individual cases rests on them too.

In this context we aim to attract proposals for papers in a number of related fields:

· International Criminal Law

· Human Rights

· Forensic Linguistics

· Applied Linguistics

· Psycholinguistics

· Translation Studies

· Social Psychology

· Sociolinguistics

· Cognitive pragmatic perspective on communication and culture

We welcome proposals for:

1. Paper presentations (20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions)

2. Workshops (90 minutes)

A title and 500 word (maximum) proposal should be sent by 28.02.2017 to Dr
Dragana Radosavljevic:rd38@gre.ac.uk

*This event is free to attend but due to limited number of places, pre-registration is required.*

For more information about the conference please see: www.greenwich2017. com