14 May 2010

Law and Multilingualism in Historical Context

Legal Translation and the Bilingual Publication of Roman Imperial Constitutions

Speaker: Dr. Anna E. Plisecka
The question whether legal translation can facilitate the communication, implementation and interpretation of multilingual legal acts, is the object of a lively scholarly debate in the European Union today. The speaker contributes to this discussion by looking at the practice in the early Roman Empire of publishing bilingual normative texts in Greek and Latin. By closely analyzing these ancient normative texts, from the perspective of linguistic patterns and translation techniques, the author argues that legal translation may actually contribute to legal communication in Europe.

Tuesday 25 May, 2010
17:15 - 18:15
University of Amsterdam Law School
Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, Room A 1.01
Language: English
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