Computers, Language, and Law: Spotlight on Blind Spots

The First ILLA Focus Workshop in Copenhagen, September 2018

Computers and quantitative research methods are increasingly used in Law-and Language scholarship.  Corpus linguistics can assist researchers in uncovering patterns of language use in law and legal texts, which would otherwise go undetected, and computer-aided research endows results with a degree of reliability and validity normally ascribed to natural science.

The fascination of computer-aided research and big data, however, may blind law-and-language scholars to the fact that computers and electronic corpora can never ask the intriguing questions or deliver the cognitive interest which should be the driving force behind any successful research endeavour. 

The first ILLA Focus Workshop invites scholars from law, linguistics, and computer science who have specialized in studying problems of law or aspects of legal language through the lens of computers to present work in progress with a view to considering the cognitive interest which they pursue, how computers and quantitative data can help or not help in what we are researching, and how the aid of computers may or may not affect the way we approach our research or the questions that we ask.

Papers for the workshop will be selected through a review process and presented during a two-day workshop. Each paper will be assigned a discussant. The atmosphere of the workshop will be informal and will give the participants an opportunity to present and discuss their ongoing research in a stimulating and interdisciplinary setting.

Scholars working on the language/languages and case law of international and European courts are especially encouraged to contribute.


Computers, Language, and Law: Spotlight on Blind Spots

Important dates:

  • Deadline for registration: 31 August 2018 at 12:00.
  • Deadline for the submission of extended abstracts: 7 August 2018
  • Dates of the workshop: 7-8 September 2018

Length of extended abstracts: 1500 words, excluding references.

The participation fee is 250 DKK for one day (approx. 35 EUR) and 500 DKK for both days (approx. 70 EUR).

Please register here

Please submit your extended abstracts here

Time:  7 – 8 September 2018

Place: University of Copenhagen, Udvalgsværelse 3 (Committee Room 3), Nørregade 10, DK-1165 Copenhagen K

Venue and hotels

For questions concerning abstracts and program please contact Associate Professor, PhD Anne Lise Kjær,

For all other questions concerning the workshop please contact Maria Lotz,