Linguistic Justice: International Law and Language Policy

31 October 2012

Sydney Law School is pleased to announce the new book by Dr Jacqueline Mowbray, Linguistic Justice: International Law and Language Policy.

"Globalisation and migration are producing societies of increasing linguistic diversity," said Dr Mowbray.

"At the same time, English is achieving unprecedented global dominance, smaller languages are becoming 'extinct' at an alarming rate, and ethnic tensions in countries from Belgium to Tibet continue to centre on questions of language.

"Against this background, the issue of how to ensure justice between speakers of different languages becomes a pressing social concern.

"Matters of 'linguistic justice' are therefore drawing increasing scholarly attention across a range of disciplines."

The book explores how international law contributes to linguistic justice

It explores that question by conducting a comprehensive, interdisciplinary examination of international law on language, analysing the many disparate fields of international law which affect language use both directly (human rights, cultural heritage laws, and EU legislation, for example) and indirectly (international trade law and international labour standards, among others).

Contact: Greg Sherington

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