Legal Discourse and Communication

Legal Discourse and Communication is a peer-reviewed international series initiated by the Centre for Research in Language and Law (CRILL) of the English Language Chair in the Law Department of the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli (, Italy. It is the successor to the former Explorations in Language and Law international series.

Legal Discourse and Communication explores theoretical, descriptive and applied issues of legal discourse and communication as they manifest in different languages, cultures, systems and societies. Studies in this series focus on synchronic and diachronic forms and structures of written and spoken discourse as a system of communication and action within and across the academic, professional and institutional boundaries of law. The series welcomes original, high-quality work in legal language, discourse and communication, and extends to other social categories where these wider analytical fields are involved. It encourages theories and methods taken from, but not limited to, text and (critical) discourse analysis, genre analysis, conversation analysis, corpus-based analysis, sociolinguistics, ethnographic, and mediated discourse analysis. These multi-modal approaches to discursive accounts of legal language and communication in social and cultural formations expand to rhetoric/argumentation analysis, multilingualism and translation/interpretation, and provide a forum for analyses across a broad spectrum of disciplines in the humanities and social science. The series is aimed at an international readership of academics, researchers and practitioners from different disciplinary backgrounds.

Authors are encouraged to submit chapters for inclusion in edited volumes, as well as research articles, comments or book reviews for special issues. All chapters and research papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed before submission to Cambridge Scholars. Book chapters and research articles must be accompanied by an abstract of up to 200 words and should not generally exceed 7,000 words, inclusive of abstract, footnotes, tables, graphs and references. Comments should not generally exceed 2,000 words, inclusive of footnotes, tables, graphs and references. All submissions must contain full contact details (email, postal, telephone, fax, etc.) of the corresponding author, with institutional affiliations for all contributors.

Editorial Information

Chief Editor

G. Tessuto

University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli

Editorial Assistant

S.J. Spedding

University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli

Advisory Board


Vijay K. BHATIA, Hellenic American University, Athens (GREECE), Chinese University of Hong Kong (HONG KONG)

Christoph HAFNER, City University of Hong Kong, President Asia-Pacific LSP & Professional Communication Association (HONG KONG)


James ARCHIBALD, McGill University, CANADA

Brian BIX, University of Minnesota Law School, USA

Marianne CONSTABLE, University of California at Berkeley, USA

Andrei MARMOR, University of Southern California, USA

John M. SWALES, University of Michigan, USA

Steven L. WINTER, Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan, USA


Giuseppe BALIRANO, University of Naples L’Orientale, ITALY

John A. BATEMAN, University of Bremen, GERMANY

Ruth BREEZE, University of Navarra, SPAIN

Nicholas BROWNLEES, University of Florence, ITALY

Robyn CARSTON, University College London, UK, Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, NORWAY

Ross CHARNOCK, Université Paris 9, FRANCE

Miguel Angel CAMPOS-PARDILLOS, University of Alicante, SPAIN

Jan ENGBERG, Åarhus University, DENMARK

Paola EVANGELISTI, University of Sport and Movement ‘Foro Italico’, Rome, ITALY

Eveline T. FETERIS, University of Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS

Giuliana GARZONE, University of Milan, ITALY

Tim GRANT, Aston University, UK

Sebastian McEVOY, University Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, FRANCE

Colin ROBERTSON, Council of the European Union, BRUSSELS

Tarja SALMI-TOLONEN, University of Turku, FINLAND

Rita SALVI, University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, ITALY

Livia SAPORITO, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, ITALY

Martin SOLLY, University of Turin, ITALY

Helen XANTHAKI, University of London, UK

Girolamo Tessuto is Associate Professor of English Language, Linguistics and Translation at the Law Department of the Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli (University of Naples 2, Italy). He also teaches in the Law Department of the University of Naples ‘Federico II’ and Medicine Department of University of Naples 2. He is Head of the Centre for Research in Language and Law (CRILL) set up by the English Language Chair within the Department of Law of the University of Naples 2 This centre exists to disseminate scientific information and foster dialogue on all aspects of the interface between Language and Law. He is Editorial Board member of several international linguistic journals (English Linguistics Research, International Journal of English Linguistics, International Journal of Law, Language and Discourse, English Language and Literature Studies, Study in English Language Teaching) and member of CLAVIER Inter-university Research Centre (Milan Research Unit). His research interests in English applied linguistics focus primarily on synchronic English legal discourse and genre analyses in academic and professional settings, English for Specific Purposes (ESP) / English for Academic Purposes (EAP) theory and practice, and extends to discourse in political and institutional settings, legal translation, and plain legal language issues. His published academic work includes research monographs, book chapters, articles, conference papers, and co-edited volumes.

The Context and Media of Legal Discourse

The Context and Media of Legal Discourse

Frameworks for Discursive Actions and Practices of the Law

Frameworks for Discursive Actions and Practices of the Law

Constructing Legal Discourses and Social Practices: Issues and Perspectives

Constructing Legal Discourses and Social Practices