Translation and Law
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Original versionSYNAPS - A Journal of Professional Communication 28(2013)
On St. Jerome’s Day 2012, the specific issue of the relationship between translation and law has formed the subject of a lecture at NHH, Bergen. Law is present in many texts, and legal translators will, in their practice, apply a special perspective characterized by a duplicity of views when approaching them. In the scholarly talk of “translation and the law”, the focus is on two different academic disciplines – Translation Studies and Comparative Law. They do specific research – either on translation theories or on legal systems. And the relationship between both concepts – law and translation – is somewhat unclear at first sight. We might split it up into various questions: 1) What is law, can we translate it? 2) Where is translation in the field of law? 3) What are the special problems of translation here?