17th Institute of Jurilinguistics

Legal Dictionaries and Lexicons

Friday, June 9, 2023, 9:00 - 17:00 (EST) 

For the 17th Institute of Jurilinguistics, the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law and the three other Canadian centres of jurilinguistics — the Centre for Legal Translation and Documentation (Ottawa), the Centre de traduction et de terminologie juridiques (Moncton) and the Centre de ressources en français juridique (Saint-Boniface) — are pleased to present the event entitled: Legal Dictionaries and Lexicons.

The 17th edition marks the return of this annual event to Montréal. The event coincides with the completion of the Crépeau Centre's extensive work on the Private Law Dictionary and Bilingual Lexicons - Successions. As we prepare for the upcoming publication of the Dictionary, we are compelled to contemplate the challenges associated with creating legal dictionaries and lexicons and to reflect on how legislative drafters, jurists, jurilinguists, translators, and even judges utilize them in their daily work. Of particular interest are the issues surrounding accessibility and proficiency in legal vocabulary, as well as the creation of a common language in multilingual and plurijuridical contexts. This discussion encompasses both national perspectives, such as Canada's bilingual and bijural context, as well as international perspectives.

This event has been accredited by the Barreau du Québec for a 5-hour training. We will also be happy to certify the participation of notaries and members of the Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec.

Please note that registration is mandatory and costs $85 (55$ for students), which covers a light breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch, and the cocktail. You may register by clicking on the following link





Mot de bienvenue | Welcome Address

Par Mark Antaki, Directeur du Centre Paul-André Crépeau


Écrire et réfléchir un dictionnaire juridique | The Art and Craft of Legal Dictionaries

Salle du Tribunal-École Maxwell-Cohen (NCDH 100)

Présidence : France Allard

Étienne Cossette-Lefebvre, Chercheur et avocat, Centre Paul-André Crépeau de droit privé et comparé

Hugo Métivier, Chercheur et notaire, Centre Paul-André Crépeau de droit privé et comparé

David D'Astous, Directeur adjoint, Centre Paul-André Crépeau de droit privé et comparé


Pause | Break


Les dictionnaires et lexiques juridiques, à quoi bon? | Why Legal Dictionaries and Lexicons Matter (or Not)

Session 1A – Salle 312 NCDH

L’utilisation des dictionnaires juridiques par les juristes

Présidence : Francie Gow

Laurence Bich-Carrière, Associée, Lavery de Billy, sencrl/L.L.P.

Manon Ferrand, Notaire et doctorante, Université de Montréal

Session 1B – Salle 101 NCDH

Terminology Management in Times of Pandemic: A Multilingual Analysis

Présidence : Marie-Claude L'Homme

Albert Morales Moreno, Lecturer and Researcher, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya




Les lexiques juridiques en contexte multilingue | Legal Lexicons for Multilingual Contexts

Session 2A – Salle 312 NCDH

Les travaux du Comité de normalisation de la common law en français

Présidence : Armenouhie Vartanian

Frédérique Bertrand-Le Borgne, Avocate et traductrice, Bureau de la traduction

Session 2B – Salle 101 NCDH

Legal Terminology in International Institutional Settings: Insights from the LETRINT project

Présidence : Jean-Frédéric Hübsch

Fernando Prieto Ramos, Professor and Director of the Transius Centre at the University of Geneva's Faculty of Translation and Interpreting


Pause | Break


Les outils de traduction des jugements | Tools for Translating Judicial Opinions

Salle du Tribunal-École Maxwell-Cohen (Salle 100 NCDH)

Présidence : Karine McLaren

Aileen Doetsch, Translator, Formerly of the Bundesverfassungsgericht (German Federal Constitutional Court)

Bettina Karpel, Jurilinguiste, Cour d’appel du Québec

Christian Després, Chef, Service jurilinguistique à la Cour suprême du Canada


Mot de clôture | Closing Remarks

Par Robert Leckey, Doyen de la Faculté de droit de l’Université McGill

16:30 Cocktail

The Crépeau Centre thanks the Chambre des notaires du Québec and the Department of Justice Canada for their financial support.



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