Language and the Law – Bridging the Gaps

Florianopolis, Brazil

11th Dec 2013 – 13th Dec 2013

Language and the Law – Bridging the Gaps is the first International Conference to be jointly sponsored by ALIDI (the newly formed Association for Language and Law for Speakers of Portuguese) and the IAFL, (the International Association of Forensic Linguists). The official languages of the Conference will be English and Portuguese.

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IAFL11 Biennial Conference

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

24th Jun 2013 – 27th Jun 2013

The Language Engineering Group (GIL) at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) have the honour of hosting the 11th biennial IAFL Conference on Forensic Linguistics/Language and Law. The conference will take place at the Engineering tower of the Engineering Institute from 24th to 27th of June. We will be pleased to welcome all of you to our university and to our country.


IAFL Porto 2012

Faculdade de Direito – Universidade do Porto

15th Oct 2012 – 18th Oct 2012

The Faculty of Arts/Faculty of Law of the University of Porto (Porto, Portugal) will host the 3rd European Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists on the theme ofForensic Linguistics: Bridging the Gap(s) between Language and the Law. The conference, which is organised jointly by the two Faculties, aims to bridge the gap(s) between language and the law by sharing the latest research in the field of forensic linguistics/language and the law, and will be held from 15 to 18 October 2012.


Forensic Linguistics / Language and Law: Researching Interdisciplinary Dimensions and Perspectives

The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia

5th Jul 2012 – 7th Jul 2012

This conference aims to explore and share research developments in the field of forensic linguistics and language and the law by:

Identifying emerging forensic trends, threats and challenges;

Discussing issues of language and the law and courtroom practices and;

Examining the roles of language and lingusitics in forensic studies or contexts.


The 9th IAFL biennial conference

Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands

6th Jul 2009 – 9th Jul 2009

VU University, Amsterdam

The Department of Language and Communication at VU University Amsterdam will host the 9th Biennial IAFL Conference on Forensic Linguistics/Language and Law. The meeting is a 4-day conference to be held from the 6th to the 9th of July 2009. Individual papers and posters can deal with all aspects of forensic linguistics/language and law, and may include topics such as:

courtroom interaction police interviews courtroom interpreting and translating the readability/comprehensibility of legal documents the analysis/interpretation of legal texts the communicative challenges of ‘vulnerable’ witnesses language minorities and the legal system the use of linguistic evidence in court authorship/speaker identification the teaching/testing of forensic linguistics/language and law

It is anticipated that the first call for papers for this event will be circulated in July of this year with notification of acceptance of papers being made in January 2009.

We are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers:

Ton Broeders
Malcolm Coulthard
Diana Eades
Edward Finegan

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Organizing Committee:
Inge Dubbeldam, Martha Komter, Joyce Lamerichs, Keun Young Sliedrecht, Petra Sneijder, Wilbert Spooren, Olga Steenhoek-Kolbasina, Tessa van Charldorp, Fleur van der Houwen.

Scientific Committee:
Susan Berg-Seligson, Ron Butters, Janet Cotterill, Malcolm Coulthard, Diana Eades, Ed Finegan, Tim Grant, Chris Heffer, Georgina Heydon, Alison Johnson, Krzysztof Kredens, Greg Matoesian, Frances Rock, Larry Solan, Maria Teresa Turell, Peter Tiersma.