IAFLL News Briefing – April 2022

IAFLL News Briefing – April 2022

Hello to members of our community.

The first job of this briefing is to repeat IAFLL’s strong condemnation of Russia’s ongoing military invasion of Ukraine and to reiterate our support and solidarity with the Ukrainian people. In March the Association published its official statement on the war, which can be found here.

January saw the sad passing of Janet Cotterill. Janet is a former president of IAFLL (2007-2009) and an important part of a generation of forensic linguists who paved the way for the future of the field.  Janet’s work has left an indelible mark on our discipline, and her research on the language of sexual crime, courtroom discourse and the O.J. Simpson trial are seminal contributions to forensic linguistics. She will be greatly missed by our community.

Elsewhere, in January it was announced that the 16th Biennial IAFLL conference will be hosted by the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines between 4-6 July 2023. The conference is being planned as an in-person event. However, the hosts are preparing an alternative online/hybrid version as a COVID contingency. The IAFLL Executive Committee are extremely excited to have the conference take place in the Philippines and the new presenters and audiences this will bring.

Before that, we have the 4th European Conference of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics (IAFLL) taking place in Porto from 18-21 July 2022. The theme of the conference is ‘Rigour and Transparency in Forensic Linguistics’. The deadline for the second call for abstracts was in March and those abstracts are in the process of being reviewed, with decisions in due course. This conference will be the first face-to-face meeting of the IAFLL since July 2019 in Melbourne, and we are looking forward to a fantastic occasion, seeing each other again and meeting new members for the first time.

We recently announced that IAFLL are offering members discounted access to expert witness online training delivered by Bond Solon, a leading provider of expert witness training in the UK. There are training courses available in ‘Excellence in Report Writing’ and ‘Courtroom Skills’. Each course covers two consecutive half days at times that try to accommodate different time zones and allow members from around the world to take part:

  • Excellence in Report Writing – 21 & 22 June, 9.30am – 12.45pm (UK time)
  • Courtroom Skills – 03 & 04 October, 9.30am – 12.45pm (UK time)

Although some information will be specific to the UK, training will focus on jurisdiction-neutral best practice, making these sessions beneficial to practitioners across the world. For more information about the training, please see here.

This is also a reminder of some of the various events and publications that will be relevant to our membership. The Aston Institute for Forensic Linguists continues to host their weekly online research seminar series on Thursdays. In addition, the Institute is hosting a Forensic Data Science workshop on 5 July and its AIFL Showcase Symposium on 6 July. For details on these events, visit the Institute’s webpages. The Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics (GSFL) also hosts a regular online seminar series. To keep up to date with announcements on the series, follow the GSFL on Twitter. In terms of journals, Language and Law / Linguagem e Direito have recently announced a call for papers for a special issue on ‘Law-in-(inter)action: communicative practices in legal settings’ and you can see the announcement here. Finally, recently a new forensic linguistics journal has been launched – Journal of Indonesian Community for Forensic Linguistics, for which a number of IAFLL members are on the Editorial Board.

We really want to hear forensic linguistic related news from our members across the world on events, publications or other activities and developments. If you are an IAFLL member and have some news you would like to have included in these News Briefings and/or shared on the IAFLL website, please email David Wright at communications@iafl.org.

On behalf of the IAFLL Executive Committee

David Wright, Communications Officer