Cfp Special Issue - Law-in-(inter)action: communicative practices in legal settings


The connection between law and language has been investigated by a myriad of researchers from different disciplines, using a wide range of methods (see Conley et al. 2019; Coulthard et al. 2021). Language plays a decisive role in constituting the legal universe, as it is through talk- in-interaction that legal professionals (i.e. lawyers, judges, conciliators, mediators, police officers, etc.) perform some of the activities which are most germane to the deliver of justice around the world. However, despite the pervasive nature of language in legal work, research on talk-in-interaction in police and judicial settings is still marginal in the social sciences.

This call for papers stems from our desire to promote empirical research in language and law that focuses on examining interactional and discursive practices which are constitutive of law-in- (inter)action. We welcome submissions from those working with audio/video recordings or official transcripts of legal or quasi-legal speech events (e.g. courtroom interactions, police interrogations/interviews, mediation encounters, etc), and employing methodologies from the social sciences and linguistics (e.g. conversation analysis, ethnmethodology, interactional sociolinguistics, lingustic anthropology). In this way, we hope to bring together those studying interactional and discursive practices in legal contexts, who also situate their research findings in broader debates on language and law and/or socio-legal studies.

This special issue is guest edited by Fabio Ferraz de Almeida (University of Jyväskylä, Finland) and Camila Alves Borges Oliveira (FGV Direito SP, Brazil).

All manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer review following the journal’s standard procedure.

Interested authors should submit their manuscripts online, via the journal system:

The submission deadline to be considered for this special issue is 17 June 2022, for a tentative publication date of December 2022.

For any queries regarding this call, please contact the special issue editors: Fabio Ferraz-de-Almeida or Camila Alves Borges Oliveira.