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Discussion: Words and Rights 

Date and Time:

June 4th, 2024, from 18:00 to 20:00 (CEST/UTC+2)



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Participation in this event is free of charge, but registration is required:

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Legal discourse analysis is an essential tool for understanding how language and law interact in the construction of sociocultural realities. In addition, it allows us to examine how legal language constructs meanings and how these influence the interpretation and application of the law. It also provides a critical perspective on the ideologies and power structures underlying legal texts and legal practice, thus revealing the social and cultural dynamics that define the discourses of justice and legality.

This event organized by the Centre of Discourse Studies offers an opportunity to explore this intersection from multiple disciplines such as discourse studies, linguistics, anthropology and law. The talks aim to introduce the discussion on how language and discourse reflect and shape social practices, influencing the perception of legality, rule of law, human rights, among others. 

Aimed at legal professionals and professionals who are related to this field, the purpose of the seminar is to promote a different perspective that contributes to a more conscious practice adapted to the complexities of our societies.

The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of the usefulness of language and discursive analysis for a better understanding of law and its social practices.

We will reflect on the following questions:

  • What is the importance of language and discourse analysis in the field of law?

  • Does the discourse of law construct social realities?

  • What can Discourse Studies be of use to us in legal practice? 



Adriana Bolívar: Linguist and critical discourse analyst, co-founder of the Latin American Association of Discourse Studies (ALED).

Tania Campos Thomas: Anthropologist and playwright specialized in qualitative methodologies.

Carolina Rea: Lawyer and researcher in Critical Discourse Analysis.


Juan Antonio Rodríguez: Retired judge, jurist and law professor.


  • Introduction by Teun van Dijk, founder and director of the Center of Discourse Studies

  • Adriana Bolívar: The importance of language: What role do words, language and discourse play? Why and for what purpose discourse analysis in the social sciences and in law?

  • Tania Campos Thomas: Law as a discourse that constructs social realities: Is law a discourse? How does law construct social reality?

  • Carolina Rea and Juan Antonio Rodríguez: Discourse and Law: What is Discourse Studies contributing to the analysis and knowledge of law? Reflection on new legal practices. 

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