EULETA had its beginnings during a conference at the University of Greifswald, Germany in 2006 when a group of delegates specializing in the teaching of Legal English came together to discuss how that teaching could be improved and developed.
They decided that after the conference they would set up an educational organization for the promotion of the professional development of teachers of Legal English. EULETA was born shortly afterwards, incorporated as a registered association under German law. It is a recognized non-profit organization. Membership fees and donations are tax-deductible throughout the European Union.
All members of the EULETA board are volunteers who dedicate their spare time to the organisation.
The object of the association is to promote the effective teaching of Legal English. We do so by exchanging opinions and experience, publishing information, and running conferences, seminars and training programmes. In particular, we:
One of our main activities is the organization of conferences and workshops. The conferences are three-day events held every second year. Themed one-day workshops take place in the non-conference years. The first event took place in 2007. It was hosted by the University of Passau, Germany. The following years took us to the universities of Ulm (Germany), Berlin (Humboldt University), Hamburg (Bucerius Law School), Osnabruck (Germany), Groningen (The Netherlands), Warwick (UK). and Zurich University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland). The 2018 conference (27-29 September 2018) washosted by the Universities of Split and Osijek in Split, Croatia. In 2019 the workshop took place in Krakow at the Jagiellonian University's Faculty of Law and Administration . The 2020 conference was postponed due to Covid-19 and the EULETA world cafe: An Online Meeting to Share Teaching Experiences during Lock-down was held. A hybrid conference was held in 2021 live at Catholic University of Lille, Campus Issy-les-Moulineaux, Paris and online.
Membership is open to anyone invloved in the teaching of Legal English who would like to join our growing network of lawyer-linguists gaining valuable access to teaching ideas, lesson plans and materials. All members are free to share their own materials through our website.
Membership also includes free access to TransLegal’s online dictionary, a listing in our trainer directory, reduced conference fees, and a dedicated members only section on our website. Please see the Join EULETA section for a full list of benefits.
The association is governed by a board of six members, who work on an entirely voluntary basis. They are elected for a two-year term. Elections are held at EULETA’s biennial conference.