Date of release: Thursday, June 8, 2017

Law SymposiumLanguage rights in international criminal law is the main focus of a free, one day conference hosted by the University of Greenwich's School of Law and Centre for Criminology.

The symposium will discuss language rights in international criminal law, specifically relating to the quality of interpretation and translation services. It will focus on language problems, translation issues and hidden misunderstandings in international criminal prosecutions.

The conference has a full programme throughout the day, with a mix of speakers and workshops. Dr Dragana Spencer, Senior Lecturer in Law, has organised the event and will be delivering a discussion entitled Language problems and language rights in international criminal prosecutions.

Other speakers include Carla McKirdy, United Nations Consultant, Helena Tuzinska from Comenius University and Professor Alessandro Benati from the University of Portsmouth. The keynote speaker of the day will be Professor Aneta Pavlenko from the University of Oslo.

Professor Pavlenko will be delivering the main address entitled Hidden Misunderstandings: How non-native speakers fill the gaps in processing legal language.

Dr Spencer says: "Professor Pavlenko is a leading expert in applied linguistics and we are delighted that she will be delivering the keynote speech.

"The symposium promotes an interdisciplinary and focused discussion on the scope of language rights in international criminal law and is open to everyone who is interested in this subject."

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It will take place on Monday 19 June, from 9am to 6.30pm, in Queen Anne, Room 063, Greenwich Campus.

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