Call for papers - Issue 5


Comparative Law and Language Journal

Edited by Trento University (Italy)

Issue 5 (2024)


Online peer-reviewed academic journal Comparative Law and Language (CLL) ( is dedicated to giving scholars a forum to increase interest in and scientific debate on the relationship between law and language in and within various national and supranational legal systems from a comparative perspective. Due to the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary nature of the journal, contributions from linguists and academics in any other relevant subject of the social sciences are also invited.

The fields of comparative law and language are intricately intertwined, and numerous studies have already concentrated on this vast area of study. In this regard, we encourage papers on micro and macro comparison studies, viewed via the prism of language, also considering the linguistic nature of the legal occurrences, as well as how language influences and shapes the society legal framework.

The current call for papers welcomes essays from both experienced academics in the field of the journal's general theme as well as from younger researchers.

From a comparative legal-linguistic standpoint, we would like to pay particular attention to the following topics inside and across the fields of law, language, and comparison in this regard:

- 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.

- Environmental law and the transition to sustainability in comparative and linguistic perspective.

- AI, language, and legal comparison; Natural language and artificial language.


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


Deadline for abstract submission: 4 November (articles of selected abstracts must be submitted by mid-January). 


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: 

  1. a) author(s)
  2. b) affiliation
  3. c) email address
  4. d) title
  5. e) up to 10 keywords
  6. f) content (maximum 400 words)


CLL Journal Editorial Board