One Day International Symposium 2017



19 June 2017

University of Greenwich
Old Royal Naval College
Park Row
SE10 9LS



Professor Aneta Pavlenko, Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan, University of Oslo. Past President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, her research focuses on the relationship between bilingualism, cognition, and emotions and its implications for forensic linguistics and language policy. Aneta is the author of numerous articles and ten books, including The bilingual mind and what it tells us about language and thought (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Thinking and speaking in two languages (Multilingual Matters, 2011), The bilingual mental lexicon (Multilingual Matters, 2009), Bilingual minds: Emotional experience, expression, and representation (Multilingual Matters, 2006), and Emotions and multilingualism (Cambridge University Press, 2005), winner of the 2006 Book of the Year award from the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL). Her article on the difficulties of understanding the Miranda rights among non-native speakers of English won the 2009 TESOL Award for Distinguished Research. She testified in court as a forensic expert and in 2015, co-convened, jointly with Professor Diana Eades, the Communication of Rights Group that put for the Guidelines for Communication of Rights to Non-Native Speakers of English (AAAL Guidelines), endorsed by professional associations in Australia, UK, and USA.



09:00 - 09:30 Registration (room QA063) 
09:30 - 09:45 Welcome and opening remarks
09:45 - 10:45
Plenary Speaker
Hidden misunderstandings: How non-native speakers fill the gaps in processing legal language
Aneta Pavlenko (University of Oslo)
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 - 12:15 UNAKRT's approach to fixing inaccuracies and unintended meaning "within the booth"
Carla McKirdy (United Nations Consultant, Khmer Rouge Trials)

Language problems and language rights in international criminal prosecutions
Dragana Spencer (University of Greenwich)

Olga Martin-Ortega (University of Greenwich)
12:15 - 13:15 What is never translated: Context of interpreting asylum applicants in V4 countries and Ukraine
Helena Tuzinska (Comenius University)

Classroom-oriented research: Processing Instruction (findings and implications)
Alessandro Benati (University of Portsmouth)

Tanja Angelovska (University of Salzburg)
13:15 - 14:45 Lunch
14:45 - 16:15 Parallel sessions

Workshop One (room QA039)
Proving the culture-specific elements of genocidal and persecutory intent in the utterances of Ratko Mladić (ICTY Case No. IT-09-92)
Predrag Dojcinovic (ICTY; University of Connecticut)

Workshop Two (room QA063)
The embodied narrative
Nela Milic (University of Arts London/Freelance Home Office Interpreter)
16:15 - 17:30 "He said: she said" - The right to interpretation and translation under the European Convention of Human Rights 1950
Edward Phillips (University of Greenwich)

The right to translation in criminal proceedings in the European Union and in the Republic of Latvia
Anatolijs Krivinsh (Daugavpils University)

Interpretive and Cultural Issues Surrounding Aboriginal Land Rights and Private Agreement Making in Australia
Kinnari Bhatt (Transnational Law Institute, King's College London)

Steven Haines (Greenwich University)
17:30 - 18:30 Wine and Cheese Session



To register please follow this link:

The Symposium aims to promote interdisciplinary discussions and investigations into linguistic as well as paralinguistic causes and corresponding legal effects of defective interpretations and translations in international war crimes trials. The quality of these trials and the accuracy of historical records they produce are compromised by inconsistent standards and practices relating to language services adopted by international courts and tribunals, including the ICC. Pre-trial and trial interpretation and translation errors and omissions, which derive from differences between first/original languages and official court languages into which they are translated, can result in inaccurate interpretations and unintended meanings. This in turn can alter original meanings and lead to misleading interpretations of probative evidence, affecting the right to a fair trial. The responsibility to fully explore reasons and conditions that may lead to procedurally and ethically unjust trial outcomes rests on the judiciary. The responsibility to provide effective remedies in individual cases rests on them too. The rule of law increasingly requires that international justice is administered by applying norms that promote and protect elevated, and not just minimum, human rights laws and procedural standards of equality of arms, fairness and justice.

This event is free to attend but due to limited number of places, pre-registration is required.

Any queries please contact Dr Dragana Spencer:

Lunch and coffee breaks will be provided for presenters and attendees.



28.09.2016 – Call for Papers
28.02.2017 – Deadline for Abstract Submission
20.03.2017 – Notification of Acceptance
31.04.2017 – Final Programme
Registration Opens (free)
09.06.2017 – Deadline for Registration



University of Greenwich
School of Law and The Centre for Criminology
Old Royal Naval College
Park Row
SE10 9LS




The campus benefits from excellent bus services. The routes listed below stop just outside the campus (the 286 provides a direct link with Avery Hill Campus):
  • 129 - North Greenwich - Greenwich
  • 177 - Thamesmead - Peckham
  • 180 - Belvedere - Lewisham
  • 188 - North Greenwich - Russell Square
  • 199 - Canada Water - Catford
  • 286 - Sidcup - Greenwich
  • 386 - Blackheath - Woolwich Arsenal

TfL provides bus timetable and journey information.

For buses between the university campuses refer to the
University Bus Service.


National Rail

Southeastern provides the services to and from Greenwich. From Central London there are direct trains from Cannon Street and London Bridge. From the east services operate from Dartford. There are also direct services from Medway towns to Lewisham linked to Greenwich by the DLR. There are two stations close to the campus:

Greenwich Station (Travel Zone 2 or 3) to the west of the town center on Greenwich High Road and a 10 minute walk from the campus West Gate entrance.

Maze Hill Station (Zone 3) to the east of the town center and around 5 minutes walk to the campus East Gate entrance.

Please refer to the
Greenwich Campus Plan for help with directions to the campus.

More information:

Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

Cutty Sark
DLR Station is located in the heart of Greenwich town center a two minute walk to the campus West Gate entrance. Direct services run from Bank, Canary Wharf, Lewisham and Stratford and easy connections are available from Tower Gateway, Beckton and London City Airport. Please refer to the Greenwich Campus Plan for help with directions to the campus.


For connections from the Tube network, the quickest option is to alight at Canary Wharf station on the Jubilee Line and get a DLR Lewisham bound train to Cutty Sark station. More info from TfL.


Thames Clippers provides a regular boat service from Westminster to Greenwich Pier (adjacent to the Old Royal Naval College) stopping at various locations on route. The journey takes 35 minutes in total and is possibly the fastest way to travel from Central London.


Cycling to Greenwich Campus

Information on cycle routes to the campus is available from
TfL. The ride from Avery Hill Campus takes around 30 minutes using the suggested route on Google maps. Cycling is not permitted on the campus except along the designated cycle path adjacent to the river.

Cycle parking is available in the grounds of the Dreadnought Building and in the Queen Anne car park next to Park Row. Showers are provided in Queen Anne Court QA202 on the second floor. An emergency bicycle repair kit and pump is available for use from the East Gate Security Lodge.

Brompton Bike Hire scheme is available to hire a bike for free on campus. A bike dock is located between the Dreadnought Building and the Stephen Lawrence Building. Use the link supplied to register.

The nearest TfL cycle hire location is in Island Gardens just north of the river (see note on walking below).


The campus is within easy walking distance of the Halls of residence at Devonport House (1 minute), Cutty Sark Halls (1 minute), Daniel Defoe Hall (11 minutes) and Rachel McMillan Hall in Deptford (14 minutes). The Greenwich Foot Tunnel provides walking access between Greenwich and the Isle of Dogs north of the river. There are also some very pleasant walks and fantastic views in Greenwich Park south of the campus.


Road Directions to Greenwich Campus

The post code is SE10 9LS

From M25 South:

Exit at J2 for A2 towards London. Head for Blackwall Tunnel onto A102. Exit A102 via slip road for A206 and follow sign-posts for Greenwich. Continue into Greenwich along this road for approximately one mile. Shortly after the BP garage turn right at the traffic lights into Park Row. There is a public car park immediately on the right. The campus is on the left but see the notes on car parking below.

From M25 North:

Exit at J27 for M11 towards London follow signs for A12 Blackwall Tunnel. After tunnel exit the A102 onto the A206 and follow directions for Greenwich above.

Car Parking

There is no parking available on-campus other than for student Blue Badge holders who are entitled to apply for a free permit (to apply refer to
Student Portal). There is a public car park in Park Row just outside the campus. Greenwich Council provides information on parking here and elsewhere in Greenwich.


A parking area for motorbikes and scooters is provided close to the East Gate entrance. A registration form to use the area is available from the East Gate Security Lodge.



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