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Languages across legal systems
Thursday 24 May 2018


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 of both translators and interpreters.

Notes On The Speaker:

Rocco Loiacono is a lecturer in the Masters of Translation Studies at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and at the Curtin University Law School, where he teaches in the Property Law and Advanced Legal Research units. He has an LLB and a Diploma in Modern Languages (First Class Honours) from UWA, and practiced as a lawyer for ten years. Rocco was awarded his PhD (from UWA) in 2014: his particular research interest is the translation difficulties arising from the differences that exist between continental legal systems and the English common law, and he has published widely on this research in peer-reviewed journals of translation, linguistics and law. Rocco is a NAATI Accredited Translator (Italian>English). He has served on several AUSIT committees and is AUSIT’s current National President.

PD Points: 10 (Category 1.4)


Thursday 24 May 2018
6:00pm – 8:00pm


TAFESA, 120 Currie St., Adelaide
Room: A201


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



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