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Title: Finding traces of transnational legal communication: cross-referencing in international case law
Authors: Peruzzo, Katia
Keywords: Transnational legal communicationCross-referencesIntertextualityECtHR judgmentsInternational case law
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Katia Peruzzo "Finding traces of transnational legal communication: cross-referencing in international case law", in: Giuseppe Palumbo (a cura di), "Testi, corpora, confronti interlinguistici: approcci qualitativi e quantitativi", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2017, pp. 87-109
Part of: Testi, corpora, confronti interlinguistici: approcci qualitativi e quantitativi
National and international judicial systems are today in constant interaction.
This interaction has been mainly studied by legal scholars, who termed it
“transjudicial communication”. This communication manifests itself in case law
and may also be of interest for linguists. The focus in this chapter is on one of the
possible linguistic manifestations of transjudicial communication in the judgments
delivered by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). They consist
in “external cross-references”, i.e. references that point to sources of legislative
or judicial law other than the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights
and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR) and its Protocols or the ECtHR case law. The
chapter presents a feasibility study conducted on a small corpus of three English
judgments delivered by the Grand Chamber of the ECtHR. The aim of the study is
first to develop a language-specific methodology for the semi-automatic extraction
of cross-references and then to conduct a qualitative analysis of the extracted
cross-references that fall within the category of “external cross-references”. These
cross-references are analysed to identify both the type of sources they point
to and the function they perform. As regards the sources, they are both judicial
(case law) and normative (legislation); therefore, an alternative term to refer to
the communication that emerges is proposed, namely “transnational legal communication”. The three functions cross-references are seen to perform are: (i) description of the factual background and the legal history of the case, (ii) recall of relevant domestic law or other legal provisions, and (iii) provision of a backbone for the legal reasoning and argumentation of the ruling.
Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 978-88-8303-912-6
eISBN: 978-88-8303-913-3
DOI: 10.13137/978-88-8303-913-3/18482
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
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