The European Union Case Law Corpus (EUCLCORP): A Multilingual Parallel and Comparative Corpus of EU Court Judgments

Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Corpus-Based Research in the Humanities: CRH-2. Frank, A. U., Ivanovic, C., Mambrini, F., Passarotti, M. & Sporleder, C. (eds.). Gerastree Proceedings, Vol. 1, p. 217-226

10 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2018

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Aleksandar Trklja

University of Vienna

Karen McAuliffe

University of Birmingham - Birmingham Law School; Université du Luxembourg

Date Written: March 5, 2018

Abstract

The empirical approach to the study of legal language has recently undergone profound development. Corpus linguistics study has, in particular, revealed previously unnoticed features of the legal language at both the lexico-grammatical and discourse level. Existing resources such as legal databases, however, do not contain functionalities that enable the application of corpus linguistics methodology. To address this gap in the context of EU law we developed a multilingual corpus of judgments that allows scholars and practitioners to investigate in a systematic way a range of issues such as the history of the meaning(s) of legal term, the migration of terms between legal systems, the use of binominals or the distribution of formulaic expressions in EU legal sub-languages. As well as being the first multilingual corpus of judgments it is also the largest legal multilingual corpus ever created. Since it contains case law from two sources (the Court of Justice of the European Union and EU national courts) it is also the largest comparable corpus of legal texts. The aim of the corpus is to contribute to the further development of the emerging field of language and law.

Suggested Citation

Trklja, Aleksandar and McAuliffe, Karen, The European Union Case Law Corpus (EUCLCORP): A Multilingual Parallel and Comparative Corpus of EU Court Judgments (March 5, 2018). Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Corpus-Based Research in the Humanities: CRH-2. Frank, A. U., Ivanovic, C., Mambrini, F., Passarotti, M. & Sporleder, C. (eds.). Gerastree Proceedings, Vol. 1, p. 217-226. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3134457

Aleksandar Trklja

University of Vienna ( email )

Bruenner Strasse 72
Vienna, Vienna 1090
Austria

Karen McAuliffe (Contact Author)

University of Birmingham - Birmingham Law School ( email )

Edgbaston
Birmingham, B15 2TT
United Kingdom

Université du Luxembourg ( email )

L-1511 Luxembourg
Luxembourg

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