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Researching Language and the Law: Intercultural Perspectives


International Conference hosted by CERLIS

University of Bergamo, Italy


18-20 June 2009





The aim of this conference is to bring together the latest research by scholars engaged in the analysis of legal discourse from an intercultural perspective. Contributions cover different analytical approaches and languages, including diachronic as well as synchronic studies. For the plenary lectures the following keynote speakers have been invited:


- Vijay Bhatia (City University of Hong Kong, China)

- Jan Engberg (Aarhus School of Business, Denmark)

- Estrella Montolío (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)

- Susan Šarčević (University of Rijeka, Croatia)


Presentations reflect the following conference themes:


- Alternative dispute resolution

- Cross-cultural communication

- Harmonisation and standardisation

- Issues in translation and interpretation

- Legal discourse in different legal systems

- Terminology and lexicography



Organizing committee


- Maurizio Gotti

- Marina Dossena

- Luisa Chierichetti

- Dorothee Heller

- Davide S. Giannoni

- Stefania M. Maci

- Michele Sala

- Larissa D’Angelo



Conference Programme (preliminary)



Book of abstracts (preliminary)



Map (Upper Town)



Conference venue


The Conference will be hosted by CERLIS, the research centre on specialized discourse operating at the University of Bergamo, an institution where research has always been in the foreground and where various national and international conferences have already been organized (see http://www.unibg.it/cerlis ).





The conference will start on Thursday morning and end at lunchtime on Saturday.

As for accompanying persons, while there is no dedicated programme for them during the conference, they are very welcome to register for the social events listed in the registration form.





The conference room is equipped with OHP, microphone and video projector for Powerpoint presentations – there is no need to bring your own laptop, but your presentation should be fully Windows compatible. Please make sure you bring ca. 80 copies of any handouts you may have, as last-minute photocopying is likely to be expensive. Internet access will be made available to conference delegates in the University language centre (open Mon-Fri 9-19, via Salvecchio 19).



Important Dates


Submission of abstracts

No later than 31st October 2008

Notification of acceptance

30th November 2008

Early registration

No later than 31st January 2009

Standard registration

No later than 30th April 2009

Late registration

No later than 10th June 2009




Online registration can be effected between 01.01.2009 and 10.06.2009 using the form here attached.

The fee includes a welcome evening reception on 18th June, and tea / coffee breaks.

Early registration

(before 31.01.2009)

120 euros

Standard registration

(between 01.02.2009 and 30.04.2009)

150 euros

Late registration

(after 30.04.2009)

180 euros


Please note:

No registration can be processed unless a copy of the bank transfer is attached or your online payment has been effected.

No registration will be processed after 10th June 2009.

No partial registration is envisaged, so it will not be possible to register for just one or two days.

All bank charges are to be borne by the participant.


Cancellation policy:

All cancellations should be notified not later than 10th June 2009. In any case, a cancellation fee of 30 euros will be charged. Reimbursements will be by bank transfer after the Conference closure.


Methods of payment:


a. by bank transfer to Università degli Studi di Bergamo

c/o BPU - Banca Popolare di Bergamo, Piazza Vittorio Veneto - 24100 Bergamo (I)

account no. 21048; ABI: 05428; CAB: 11101; CIN: L;


IBAN: IT43L0542811101000000021048

Reason for bank transfer (must be indicated in the form): CERLIS2009

Please remember that all bank charges are to be borne by the participant. Also remember to fax a copy of your bank transfer, together with the registration form, to +39 (0)35 2052 738 or +39 (0)35 2052 738 789 as soon as the transfer has been effected.


Download the registration form here


b. by credit card (online payment) - only VISA and MASTERCARD

(a 2% bank charge will be added automatically to your total amount)


Online registration form here


After your Registration, you will be informed of the total amount to pay and the procedures for payment.

Payment must then be made within 7 days; if payment has not been made in that period and a new fee period has been entered, then you will receive a new total.



Travel information


Bergamo is in Northern Italy, 50 Kms north-east of Milan, on the way to Lake Garda and Venice. Thanks to its international airport (sometimes advertised as ‘Milan-Orio al Serio’, or Milan-BGY), Bergamo can be reached by plane from many European cities; alternatively, participants may fly to Milan and take a train to Bergamo.


Getting to Bergamo

Stopover in Milan

Map of Bergamo – Upper Town

Map of Bergamo – Lower Town




Accommodation and meals


Participants are invited to make their own accommodation arrangements. Both in the Lower Town and in the Upper Town various hotels are available, from relatively inexpensive to luxury: below you will find a list of possible contacts. Early booking is highly recommended, as Bergamo is a popular tourist destination throughout the year.

As for meals, many restaurants and bars are located in the neighbourhood of the Conference venue.







Name and contact details




Upper Town


San Lorenzo (°), www.hotelsanlorenzobg.it/


Il Gourmet (°), www.gourmet-bg.it/fsuk.htm


Piazza Vecchia, www.hotelpiazzavecchia.it


Agnello d’Oro, Via Gombito 22

Tel. +39 035.249.883 / Fax. +39 035.235612


Sole (°), Via Rivola, 2 (Piazza Vecchia); tel. +39 035.218238;

fax +39 035.240011 [no check-in after 22.30]



Lower Town

City centre



Cappello d’Oro (°), www.bwhotelcappellodoro-bg.it


Excelsior S. Marco (°), www.hotelsanmarco.com


Jolly Hotel (°), www.jollyhotels.it


Mercure Bergamo (°),



Arli, www.arli.net


Piemontese, www.hotelpiemontese.com/


San Giorgio, www.sangiorgioalbergo.it/


(°) = Hotels with special rates for conference participants. When booking, please remember to indicate “Cerlis 2009. University of Bergamo”.



Bed & breakfast

(See also www.bed-and-breakfast.it - click the Region, ‘Lombardy’, and then the city, ‘Bergamo’).




Upper Town


La Castellana, www.lacastellanabb.com/

La Torretta, www.latorrettabergamoalta.com/

La Valletta, www.lavallettabergamo.it/

Villa Luna, www.bbvillaluna.it


Lower Town


Accademia, www.bedbreakfastaccademia.it/

L’Angolo del Poeta, www.angolodelpoeta.com

Ciccio, www.cicciobb.com/


Budget accommodation is available at the local Youth Hostel

(www.ostellodibergamo.it/hostel.html ).

Further details about accommodation are online at www.apt.bergamo.it/



Social programme


The social programme includes:


- A welcome evening reception on 18th June;


- A Conference Dinner on 19h June: this will take place at one of the most picturesque restaurants in the Upper Town, Ristorante ‘La Vendemmia’, at a short distance from the funicular stop. Given the limited sitting capacity, we do recommend early booking in order to avoid disappointment. Please indicate in the registration form any special dietary requirement;


- An organised excursion on 20th June (afternoon + evening): Lago d'Iseo (lake cruise) and Monte Isola (dinner): Lago d'Iseo, just to the east of Bergamo, is surrounded by hills and mountains. Participants will be taking a boat from halfway up the eastern shore to circle the three lake islands before going up to the head of the Lake and then down the western shore with its sheer cliffs, interesting rock-formations and panoramic road twisting just above the water. Monte Isola, the largest lake island in Europe, has a charm of its own – no cars, little villages round the coastline, and simple restaurants and trattorie at the water's edge. To one of these (La Vittoria) participants will head for dinner.





The deadline for submissions is 31st October 2008. Please send your abstract (300 words) to <cerlis@unibg.it> as an RTF attachment – to this end, a dedicated form is provided here attached. Acceptance will be notified by 30th November 2008.

As a selection of accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, finalized versions of papers presented at the Conference will be expected to arrive by 15th October 2009.


Download the submission form here



How to contact us


By email: cerlis@unibg.it

By post: CERLIS 2009 – Università di Bergamo – Piazza Rosate 2 – 24129 Bergamo (Italy)

By telephone: + 39.035.2052.738 or + 39.035.2052.721

By fax: + 39.035,2052.738 or + 39.035.2052.789





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