The Law and Politics of Multilingual Peoples

12/10/2017 - 13/10/2017, 9:00 - 14:00

This workshop sets out to explore the complex interface between law, politics and the multilingual realities of social life. This event is funded by the Centre of Law and Society, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University.

Thursday 12 October

0900-0930     Welcome and Registration

0930-1100     Reine Meylaerts (KU Leuven) – ‘The Politics of Translation in Multilingual States’

1100-1130     Tea and Coffee Break

1130-1330     Leigh Oakes (Queen Mary, University of London) – ‘Intercultural Minority Language Rights: A New Approach to Language Rights Based on the Quebec Experience’

Raquel De Pedro Ricoy (Heriot-Watt University) – ‘Intercultural Justice in Peru and the Need for Language Mediation’

Matteo Bonotti (Cardiff University) – ‘Theorizing Multilingual Partisanship’ (paper co-authored with Nenad Stojanovic, University of Lucerne)

1330-1430     Lunch

1430-1630     Rhianwen Daniel (Cardiff University) – ‘The Impact of Language on Social Cohesion – or Fragmentation?’

Beke Zwingmann (Cardiff University) – ‘Establishing A Lingua Franca? Translation of Court Decisions as an Exercise in Inter-Cultural Communication’

Yael Peled (McGill University) – ‘The Political Ethics of Linguistic In-Betweenness’

1630-1700     Tea and Coffee Break

1700-1830     Andrew Vincent (Cardiff University) – ‘The Enigmas of Comparative Political Theory’


Friday 13 October

0900-1100     Richard Crowe (Welsh Government) – ‘“Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Bride” – Legislating in Welsh and English’

Zora Jackman (Public Service Interpreting, Cardiff University) – ‘Reporting on “Guidelines for Communicating Rights to Non-Native Speakers of English in Australia, England and Wales, and the USA”’

Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost (Cardiff University) – ‘Translating y Cofnod: Translation policy and the official status of the Welsh language in the          National Assembly for Wales’

1100-1130     Tea and Coffee Break

1130-1300     Joxerramon Bengoetxea (University of the Basque Country) – ‘Multilingual Communication in Law and Power: Access, Identity and Trust’

1300-1400     Lunch

1400               CLOSE

Please note:

Registration is free but places are limited.

In order to register, please contact Dr Matteo Bonotti (

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