Call for Papers: IAFLL16 – 16th Conference of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics

The 16th Biennial Conference of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics (IAFLL) will be hosted by the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the Philippines. With the theme Forensic Linguistics: Strengthening Foundations, Rethinking Paradigms, and Navigating New Horizons, IAFLL 16 aims to engage the participants in the discussion on the groundwork, current trends and issues, and prospects in Forensic Linguistics and will be held from July 4-6, 2023.

We welcome proposals for individual papers and poster presentations dealing with forensic linguistics/language and the law including, but not limited to:

Legal languages:

  • The history of legal languages
  • The role of literacy in legal languages
  • Legal genres
  • Critical approaches to legal languages
  • Language education for law professionals

Legal discourse:

  • Courtroom, police and prison discourse
  • Investigative interviewing
  • Multilingual matters in legal contexts
  • Power and the law
  • The comprehensibility of legal documents
  • Interviews with vulnerable witnesses in the legal system

Language minorities and the legal system:

  • Linguistic disadvantage before the law
  • Courtroom interpreting and translation
  • Human Rights matters

Law on language:

  • Language policy and linguistic rights
  • Offensive language and hate speech
  • The linguist as expert witness

Linguistic evidence and investigative linguistics:

  • Forensic phonetics and speaker identification
  • Forensic stylistics
  • Linguistic determination of nationality
  • Authorship analysis
  • Plagiarism detection and analysis
  • Trademark disputes
  • Consumer product warnings
  • Deception and fraud

Other Related Sub-Themes:

  • Computational forensic linguistics
  • Cybercrime
  • Online identities and interactive multimodal communication
  • Multimodal approaches to forensic linguistics
  • Intercultural mediation
  • Comparative law
  • Forensic communication
  • Ethics and deontology in Forensic Linguistics

Abstracts of no more than 500 words, including references, should be sent via by November 15, 2022. Please note that there is no need to upload a full paper.


Venue: The conference will be held live at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the Philippines, via a fully online format, or a combination of the two – a hybrid format.

Plenary speakers:

  • Prof. Tim Grant – UK
  • Dr. Isabel Picornell – UK
  • Dr. Jennifer Glougie – Canada
  • Prof. Nathalie Schilling – USA
  • Dr. Richard Powell – Japan
  • Dr. Susanto – Indonesia

Themed Panel Presentations (1st day)

Transdisciplinary Approach to Forensic Linguistics:

  • Linguistics, Law and Architecture: Dr. Marilu R. Madrunio (University of Santo Tomas, Manila, the Philippines)
  • Linguistics, Law and Data Science: Atty. Senando Angelo Santiago (University of the Philippines, Quezon City, the Philippines)
  • Linguistics, Law and Anthropology: Dr. Laura Smith-Khan (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)

*NB Another themed panel may be created for the 2nd day.

Any questions can be directed to the organising team at