Call for papers


Comparative Law and Language Journal

Edited by Trento University (Italy)

Issue 3 (2023)


Comparative Law and Language (CLL) ( is an online peer reviewed academic journal published bi-annually and dedicated to provide a platform for scholars to enhance interest and scientific debate on the relationship between law and language, in and within different national and supranational legal systems, from a comparative perspective. Because of the journal's interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature, contributions of jurists, but also of linguists and scholars of any other relevant field of social sciences are welcome too.

Comparative law and language are two inextricably linked domains, and many studies are already focusing on this broad field of research. In this context, we invite contributions on micro and macro comparison analyses, filtered through the lens of language, also reflecting on the linguistic nature of the legal phenomena, as well as on how language influences and determines the societal legal framework.

The current call for papers seeks essays from experienced academics in the field of the journal's general theme, but also from young scholars, in order to give them the opportunity to present their ideas and contribute to suggest new perspectives for study and research in this relevant field of law.

In this regard, from a comparative legal-linguistic perspective, we would like to place special attention within and across the domains of law, language and comparison, with particular emphasis on issues of:

- Comparative law; History and legal language; Language and legal rhetoric; Language and philosophy of law.

- Legal language; Legal translation; Legal linguistics; Law and non-linguistic signs; Legal special vocabulary; Regulation of language use.

- Language rights; Minority languages and the law; Regulation of linguistic diversity and linguistic minorities.

- Bilingual and multilingual legal systems; Language and legal interpretation; Vagueness in language and in law; Language legislative drafting; Language and drafting of contracts; Multilingual legal drafting; Multilingualism practices in the courtroom.


The languages accepted are English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, and those accessible to Editorial Board members.


Deadline for abstract submission: 20th October (articles of selected abstracts must be submitted by mid-December). 


Abstract should be sent to:


The title of the file should be written as follows: Family Name_ First Name.doc. 

Abstracts must be in Word or RTF format and should contain: 

a) author(s) 

b) affiliation 

c) email address 

d) title 

e) up to 10 keywords 

f) content (maximum 350 words)


CLL Journal Editorial Board