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Global Frictions: How widespread misconceptions about language cause systemic failures in the justice system

October 26, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


A Seminar Series hosted by the Centre for Global Research

Ignorance is not bliss. How widespread misconceptions about language cause systemic failures in the justice system


Presenter:  Dr Georgina Heydon, Director, Centre for Global Research, RMIT University, President, International Association of Forensic Linguists. (Dr Heydon spoke at Sisters in Crime 2013 Law Week event – a total star!!)


Around the world and in our own backyard, criminal justice institutions are blighted by cases of inappropriate decisions made by legal professionals who lack a scientific understanding of how language works.

This special Global Frictions public lecture by the President of the International Association of Forensic Linguists, Dr Georgina Heydon, will explore the impact on justice processes of widespread public ignorance about language. Dr Heydon will begin by examining a set of case studies that represent the range of decision types and justice contexts that are most affected by this knowledge gap. She will then explore the opportunities for addressing these gaps through linguistic research and training.  Finally, she will make recommendations for how educators, the judiciary, justice institutions and lawyers can work with forensic linguists to raise awareness about linguistics and reduce ignorance and bias relating to language use.

This lecture, followed by a Q&A session with Dr Heydon and noted legal and linguistic experts, will be of interest to legal professionals, interpreters and translators, criminologists, researchers interested in cultural and linguistic diversity, human and civil rights activists and related policy makers.

Lawyers, you can claim 1.5 CPD point for attending this public lecture if the topic relates to your field of practice, as it will extend your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, pursuant to Rules 7 and 8 of the CPD Rules

For interpreters and translators, you can claim 10 PD points under the new recertification PD catalogue Category 1 Skills Development and Knowledge, Section 1.4.


Event Details

When: Thursday, 26 October 2017, 4.00 – 5.30 pm
Where: RMIT City Campus, Storey Hall (Building 16), Level 7, Green Brain Conference Rooms 1 & 2,

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RMIT City Campus, Storey Hall (Building 16)
Level 7, Green Brain Conference Rooms 1 & 2,
336–348 Swanston St., Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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