University of Alicante, Spain

2nd ILLA Colloquium for PhD Students

Title: Signs of the Law—The Genesis of Legal Norms from a Pragmatic Legal-Linguistic Perspective

Date: 5 September 2021

Organiser: Friedemann Vogel


The 2nd ILLA Colloquium for PhD Students will be held at the University of Alicante (Spain) on 5 September.

This colloquium was developed in the Heidelberg Research Group of Legal Linguistics—the oldest research group on legal linguistics in the world. The colloquium aims at providing attendees with an introduction to pragmatic legal linguistics. Furthermore, the colloquium is designed as a platform for international exchange between PhD students from all over the world.

The focus of this one-day event will be on the question of how legal norms are constituted, processed and contested through linguistic signs and other communicative practices. Investigating this question, the first part of the colloquium will be spent discussing fundamentally relevant texts. During the second part of the event, participants will give brief presentations of their current and thematically relevant dissertation projects.

Habilitation candidates are also encouraged to participate.


Further Details

  • The working language will be English (participants are encouraged to assist each other with ad-hoc translations where necessary).
  • The participation in the event is free of charge. All prospective participants must submit their application by 31 April, 2021, including a brief CV and an abstract of their dissertation/habilitation project. Please send your application to Prof. Dr. Friedemann Vogel (, who will take care of the selection of speakers who are to present their dissertation projects.
  • The colloquium will take place on 5 September from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Arrangements will be made for a joint dinner directly after the event (self-payment).
  • Venue: The Villa Universitaria (, which is adjacent to the University of Alicante, Spain (


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