Spotlight on Courts 2021:

judges and their discourse from a multidisciplinary perspective

4-5 March 2021

Ladies and Gentlemen, this conference is terminated!

We would like to thank all participants and speakers for their presence and patience, for their kind words and all moments we shared during the Spotlight on Courts 2021.

Venue: Faculty of Philology, University of Lodz, Pomorska 171/173, 90-236 Łódź, Poland
Organizers: Department of Specialized Languages and Intercultural Communication, University of Lodz.


Organizing Team

Prof. Stanislaw Gozdz-Roszkowski
Prof. Gianluca Pontrandolfo, University of Trieste
Prof. Julia Mazurkiewicz-Sułkowska
dr Katarzyna Bednarska
dr Paulina Nowak-Korcz
dr Aleksandra Makowska
mgr Joanna Kozłowska

We are pleased to announce that several distinguished scholars have confirmed their participation in the event:

  • Prof. Martina Bajčić (Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka) Using Corpora in Multilingual Adjudication
  • Prof. Łucja Biel, dr Dariusz Koźbiał, mgr Dariusz Müller (Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw), The Judicial Eurolect and EU English: a genre profiling of CJEU judgments
  • James Brannan (Senior Translator, European Court of Human Rights); Conveying the right message: principles and problems of multilingual communication at the European Court of Human Rights
  • Prof. Ruth Breeze (ICS, University of Navarra) Spider Woman beats Hulk: Baroness Hale and the prorogation of parliament
  • William Byrne (Centre of Excellence for International Courts, University of Copenhagen) & Prof. Zuzanna Godzimirska (Centre of Excellence for International Courts, University of Copenhagen) The Power of Pleadings at the International Criminal Court
  • Prof. Jan Engberg (University of Aarhus) Popularization and the creation of organizational identity – an analysis of the website of the Court of Justice of the EU
  • Prof. Stanisław Goźdź-Roszkowski (Department of Specialized Languages and Intercultural Communication, University of Lodz) Evaluation and Argument in the Justification of Judicial Decisions
  • Prof. Jessica Greenberg (Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois) Pedagogies of Context: Comparative Frameworks for Judicial Approaches to Expression Rights
  • Prof. Anne Lise Kjaer (Centre of Excellence for International Courts, University of Copenhagen) The ‘consensus’ case law of the European Court of Human Rights in light of the Court’s legitimacy over time
  • Dr Joanna Kulesza (Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Lodz Free speech, artistic expression and blasphemy laws within the ECHR margin of appreciation
  • Dr María José Marín Pérez (University of Murcia) Collocational networks and subjectivity in judicial discourse: a corpus-based comparative analysis
  • Prof. Davide Mazzi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia) “…without proof of negligence or a causative connection…”: On causal argumentation in Supreme Court of Ireland’s judgments on data protection
  • Antonio Mura (Prosecutor General at the Rome Court of Appeal) and prof. Jacqueline Visconti (University of Genoa/Honorary Research Fellow at Birmingham University) Clarity in Court proceedings
  • Dr Paulina Nowak-Korcz (Department of Specialized Languages and Intercultural Communication, University of Lodz) & Dr Margarete Flöter-Durr, (Université de Strasbourg) Standardization in judicial discourse: the case of the evolution of the French arrêts de la Cour de cassation and the use of forms in European procedural law
  • Miguel Ángel Campos Pardillos (University of Alicante) When Builders Trust Each Other’s Tools: Construction and Personal Relations Metaphors in European Judicial Cooperation
  • Prof. Gianluca Pontrandolfo (IUSLIT, University of Trieste) Exploring (in)frequent patterns in judicial discourse: a keyword-informed study
  • Prof. Kathryn M. Stanchi (William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada) The Rhetoric of Racism in the United States Supreme Court
  • Prof. Magdalena Szczyrbak (Jagiellonian University, Kraków), Evidentiality in US Supreme Court opinions: Focus on passive structure with ‚say’ and ‚tell’
  • Dr Anna Tomza-Tulejska & James Higgins (Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Lodz) Do the words of the American Constitution still matter? The current problem in judicial argumentation 
  • Prof. Marek Jan Wasiński (Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Lodz); The (un)scientific dogmatic approach to decisions of international courts
  • Prof. Christopher Williams (University of Foggia) The impact of plain language on court judgments in the UK: a tale of mixed progress

The aim of this conference is to create the opportunity for scholars working otherwise in different disciplines to share their views and insights into various dimensions underlying contemporary judicial discourse. We wish to bring together lawyers (academics as well as practicioners), political scientists, legal linguists, media specialists, sociologists, etc. to consider a wide range of court-related phenomena and processes. The areas envisaged for scholarly discussion include but are not limited to the following:

– the judicialization of politics;
– the organization and working methods of courts and their impact on judicial discourse;
– the nature and function(s) of judicial dissent;
– media representations of courts and the judicial decision-making process;
– public perceptions of courts;
– courts and their image (communicating with the wider audience);
– judicial and political ways of conflict resolution;
– judicial argumentation;
– persuasive and evaluative concerns in judicial discourse

For any questions concerning your participation, please contact