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Translating the Law

Language across legal systems
Saturday 06 May 2017


Dear Firstname

Translation across different legal systems must respect cultural differences in the legal system, as well as recognize and reflect the styles of the legal system for which the translation is being made.

How can the inductive reasoning of common law systems be meaningfully rendered into a civil law context, based on deductive reasoning? And what of legal concepts which are viewed differently in different cultures?

This session will present an overview of the history and theory of legal translation, with examples drawn from international treaties between nations. It will also include discussion time for questions drawn from professional practice.


Dr Rocco Loiacono is a lecturer in Translation Studies at the University of Western Australia and in the Curtin Law School, where he teaches in the areas of property law and business law. After graduating with a combined Law and Languages (Honours) degree, he worked for ten years as a lawyer, most of those in the commercial property department at national law firm Clayton Utz. Dr Loiacono was awarded his PhD from the University of Western Australia in 2014, for research focussing on difficulties associated with the translation of treaties across different legal systems.

He is NAATI-accredited at Professional level for translation from Italian to English and currently sits on AUSIT's National Committees for Education and Awards & Events.

On-campus parking is free of charge on weekends. Paid parking available on Hackett Drive.

PD Level: Intermediate
PD Points: 20
PD Logbook Section: 3.1

ASLIA Members and Non-Member Students must contact our office on 1800 284 181 to obtain a discount code.



Saturday 06 May 2017
10.00am - 12.00pm


Arts Lecture Room 4 (ALR 4),
Ground floor, Arts Building
University of WA, Crawley


AUSIT / ASLIA members: $35
Non-Members: $70
Student Members: $15
Non-Member Students: $35



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