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We are pleased to announce that the SSHRC funded Canadian Symposium on Language and Law will take place at York University, Toronto, Canada from June 16-18, 2023.

The Canadian Symposium on Language and Law will draw together both researchers and practitioners from all areas of language and law (e.g., linguistics, psychology, sociolegal studies, policing, law) and those working within the often siloed subfields such as ‘jurilinguistique’/’jurilinguistics’, ‘legal linguistics’, and ‘forensic linguistics’ in order to build a research network that will facilitate the coalescence and growth of the field in Canada and will address Canadian justice issues. Additionally, we aim to compile a statement of intent for the field’s future in Canada, supporting equity, diversity and inclusion across the Canadian judicial system. 

Abstract Submissions


English or French

Poster or a 20-minute presentation

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words


Date: January 31, 2023

Abstracts will undergo a review process and authors will be notified of acceptance by March 1, 2023.

We welcome abstracts relating to all aspects of language and law, including, for example, language in the legal process, the language of the law, language evidence, language rights, and language crimes. While the conference’s focus is on the Canadian context, researchers and practitioners working in Canada are also invited to submit work relating to other jurisdictions and contexts.

Plenary Speakers:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Allyn Smith (Université du Québec à Montréal, Quebec)
  • Dr. Lorna Fadden (BC First Nations Justice Council, British Columbia)
  • Dr. Janny Leung (Wilfred Laurier University, Ontario)
  • Dr. Kirk Luther (Carleton University, Ontario)
  • Professor Naiomi Metallic (Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia)

It is anticipated that Dr. Lorna Fadden’s plenary will be accredited by the Ontario Bar Society to provide practicing lawyers and paralegals with an hour of Continuing Professional Development. Attendees must indicate on the registration form if they require documentation for CPD credits.

The symposium will also host a roundtable on the future of the field in Canada.

Please direct any questions to the organising team at csll2023@yorku.ca.

We look forward to seeing you in Toronto!