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The Journal

Welcome to Language & Law, the e-journal of the International Language and Law Association! Language & Law (JLL) is an open-access, double-blind peer-reviewed e-journal which offers a forum for research on the interdependence of language and law in all of its facets, from theoretical approaches to the resolution of practical issues.


The Journal focus on the interdependent role of language in law and society in its various aspects. This especially includes theory of law and language, translation and intercultural issues, legal interpretation, law and literature, forensic linguistics, as well as applied issues like authorship attribution, language in the courtroom and computational aspects.


The goal is to increase the number of high-quality scientific publications, as well as to develop and establish new methods of network-based cooperative information management which will in turn establish high-speed, open, and transparent digital peer publishing in an appealing environment.

Futhermore, JLL is a contribution to a consequent open access policy with advantages on global accessibility, long-term archiving, citability by Digital Object Identifier (DOI), certified registration in national data bases and catalogues, representation of multimedia components and a professional publication system.

History and Relaunch 2016

The open access journal Language & Law (JLL) was established by legal linguist Dieter Stein (professor emeritus, Düsseldorf, Germany) in 2012. Upon reestablishment of the International Language and Law Association (ILLA) in 2017, legal linguist Professor Friedemann Vogel took over as editor-in-chief of the journal in 2015. In the summer 2016 JLL will be subsequently transferred to an Open Journal System (OJS 3.0), along with major changes to its editorial board. If you like to be informed about the journal relaunch please register for our newsletter.


Join the Journal

As an open-access e-journal, Language & Law does not require any kind of membership registration - you are free to read, contribute and participate.

Become an Author

Language & Law invites all original high-quality papers which comprise points of interface between the disciplines of trade, law and communication. Copy- right remains with the author(s). Language & Law works with a high-class specialized editorial board and guarantees speedy processing of submissions while maintaining strict quality control.