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Law, Language and Translation

From Concepts to Conflicts

  • Rosanna Masiola
  • Renato Tomei

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Law book series (BRIEFSLAW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Rosanna Masiola, Renato Tomei
    Pages 1-4
  3. Rosanna Masiola, Renato Tomei
    Pages 5-17
  4. Rosanna Masiola, Renato Tomei
    Pages 19-34
  5. Rosanna Masiola, Renato Tomei
    Pages 35-46
  6. Rosanna Masiola, Renato Tomei
    Pages 47-72
  7. Rosanna Masiola, Renato Tomei
    Pages 73-94

About this book

Introduction

This book is a survey of how law, language and translation overlap with concepts, crimes and conflicts. It is a transdisciplinary survey exploring the dynamics of colonialism and the globalization of crime. Concepts and conflicts are used here to mean ‘conflicting interpretations’ engendering real conflicts. Beginning with theoretical issues and hermeneutics in chapter 2, the study moves on to definitions and applications in chapter 3, introducing cattle stealing as a comparative theme and global case study in chapter 4. Cattle stealing is also known in English as ‘rustling, duffing, raiding, stock theft, lifting and predatorial larceny.’ Crime and punishment are differently perceived depending on cultures and legal systems: ‘Captain Starlight’ was a legendary ‘duffer’; in India ‘lifting’ a sacred cow is a sacrilegious act. Following the globalization of crime, chapter 5 deals with human rights, ethnic cleansing and genocide. International treaties in translation set the scene for two world wars. Introducing ‘unequal treaties’ (e.g. Hong Kong), chapter 6 highlights disasters caused by treaties in translation. Cases feature American Indians (the ‘trail of broken treaties’), Maoris (Treaty of Waitangi) and East Africa (Treaty of Wuchale).

Keywords

International treaties Legal English Legal communication Legal instruments Legal interpretation Legal language Linguistics Multilingual lexicography Subsumption Translation

Authors and affiliations

  • Rosanna Masiola
    • 1
  • Renato Tomei
    • 2
  1. 1.Social and Human Sciences DepartmentInternational University 'Stranieri' of PerugiaPerugiaItaly
  2. 2.Social and Human Sciences DepartmentInternational University 'Stranieri' of PerugiaPerugiaItaly

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