The Department of Legal Theory (Faculty of Law, Masaryk University, Brno) is delighted to invite submissions for the Biannual International Conference on Alternative Methods of Argumentation in Law to be held on October 27, 2017 at the Faculty of Law, Masaryk University, in Brno, Czech Republic. 


The ambition of the conference is to establish a permanent platform to discuss and explore the alternative methods of legal argumentation, i.e. those that are not regularly employed in everyday legal practice, but would prove extremely valuable if adopted. The conference consists of four workshops/streams each specialized in a specific and unique method of studying legal argumentation: 1. Formal Methods in Legal Reasoning (alternative means of structuring and presenting legal arguments and reasoning leading to the disambiguation of natural language and increase the scope for its possible automatic processing while preserving its natural form and general intelligibility), 2. Law and Literature (discussing the contemporary applicability of literature in law and jurisprudence), 3. Law and Language (how language-related criticism, imagination, narrativity or rhetorical devices have found its way into the analyses of legal argumentation and reasoning), 4. Visualization of Law (the participants are encouraged to share their thoughts, opinions and experience with the use of visuals/images in legal communication. Especially, the impact on the speeding up of the legal communication, its comprehensiveness and its limits may be discussed).


Interested applicants must submit an abstract (500 words) and indicate their preference for one of the four workshops/streams. Full conference papers (min. 5000 words) must be submitted by September 30, 2017. The final version of the papers, after the conference, will be considered for publication.


Submissions should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 31, 2017

For more information, please see the official announcement.

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