European court translators to learn English law at University of Leicester

Posted by mlrc3 at Oct 26, 2012 12:00 PM |
UK’s first course for European Court of Justice interpreters will be held from October 29 to November 2

Translators at the European Court of Justice will be schooled in English law at the University of Leicester in the first course of its kind in the UK.

A group of 30 legal translators, hailing from a range of countries around the European Union, will receive a week of training at the Centre for European Law and Internationalisation, within the University’s School of Law this week.

The English Law/EU Law Refresher Programme aims to help legal interpreters working at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg familiarise themselves with concepts of English law which they may have had limited contact with – including the concept of common law.

It will cover a variety of subjects, including the UK Constitution and its relationship with the European Union and European Court of Human Rights; principles of English contract law and law of tort; and a UK perspective on the key doctrines of EU Law.

The course will feature talks from Leicester academics including Professor Mark Bell, Head of the School of Law, Professor Erika Szyszczak and David Monk, Solicitor of the Supreme Court and lecturer at the University, as well as speakers from University College Dublin, the University of Reading and University of Westminster.

His Honour Ian Campbell, a former Circuit Judge in Liverpool and Deputy High Representative for Legal Affairs and Head of Legal Affairs Department, Sarajevo, will give a keynote lecture on Damages in English Law.

The course was arranged by Professor Adam Cygan, and Emily Gray, distance learning administrator, both of the University of Leicester’s School of Law.

Professor Cygan said: “It is important that court interpreters are able to understand legal concepts as well as being able to translate the words. The court finds it difficult to recruit people with more than one language other than English who also have a background in English law, and the course is part of an ongoing process to train linguists in English legal concepts.  The course will help the European Court of Justice to be better placed to deal with cases from English courts.

“The course will showcase the University of Leicester’s expertise in European and English law. Having these key relationships with leading judicial institutions demonstrates that we are an international and outward-looking School. This is the first course of its kind in the UK, and we are hoping to continue this in the future.”

The course is funded by the European Court of Justice and will run from October 29 to November 2 at the University of Leicester’s Charles Wilson Building, University Road, Leicester, Leicestershire.


For more information, please contact Professor Adam Cygan on 0116 252 2353 or at:

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