Bilingual Higher Education in the Legal Context

Group Rights, State Policies and Globalisation


Editor: Xabier Arzoz
This book is devoted to complex questions of building and developing legal education in more than one language, through two state languages (French and Dutch in Belgium, German and French in Switzerland, English and French in Canada, Finnish and Swedish in Finland) and/or through the medium of minority or lesser used languages (Basque, Galician, Catalan, Welsh, Romanian). Some states have a long and well-established tradition of bilingual legal education; others have only recently started to develop a legal education system through non-dominant languages; finally, in some other cases only partial bilingual legal education obtains, rather than a fuller model. The volume purports to examine best practices and to draw useful lessons from the experiences of other bilingual societies.
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Biographical Note

Xabier Arzoz is Senior Lecturer of Administrative and EU Law at the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao. He has authored over sixty works on Spanish and European administrative law, linguistic diversity and language rights, fundamental rights, and federalism and autonomy.

Review Quotes

"The book is useful for a variety of readers interested in the topic of linguistic diversity, such as scholars researching language law in the field of education, and those interested in building and developing institutions of higher education dealing with language issues – as this may become
a widespread concern, especially with the emergence of English as a lingua franca and the aforementioned expectations about Europeanization and internationalization of educational institutions. It is rarely possible to consider all the aspects of a new field of research. The greatest contribution of this anthology may be indeed to have structured for the first time some vital concerns about language policy in higher education institutions. For that alone, this book is definitively worth reading."
Silvia Adamo, Common Market Law Review, vol. 50 (2013), Issue 2, pp. 656-659.

"...Dieser Zwiespalt zwischen der Forderung nach (und der effektiven Notwendigkeit an) einer wirksamen juristischen Mehrsprachigkeit in weiten Teilen Europas und den gleichzeitigen Grenzen der Realisierbarkeit dieses Vorhabens wird weiter bestehen und mit der wachsenden Sensibilität für ein „gerechtes Verfahren“ einerseits und die Entwicklung einer echten europäischen Rechtskultur andererseits auch weiter zunehmen. Diesen Konflikt zu verstehen und vielleicht auch in Ansätzen zu beheben, bedarf es detaillierter Studien. Der von Xabier Arzoz herausgegebene Band kann dazu eine wichtige Pionierrolle erfüllen."
Peter Hilpold, Europa Ethnica, 70th Volume, 3/4 2013, page 121.

"In all, the volume is rich in analysis and covers a multitude of scenarios (including non-European ones) and expands existing knowledge in this under-researched topic within the field of minority language rights. The initiative of Arzoz is therefore highly welcome."
José-María Arraiza, Europäisches Journal für Minderheitenfragen, 7 (2014) 2: pp. 154–165.

Table of contents

Notes on Contributors; Acknowledgments;
1. Legal education in bilingual contexts: A conceptual, historical and comparative perspective Xabier Arzoz;
Part I Legal Education in Multilingual States:
2. Bilingualism and legal education in Canada: The classical approach André Bräen;
3. Linguistic Law in Higher Education in Belgium: new trends for bilingual education, but which one? Sophie Weerts;
4. The Swiss paradox: Monolingual higher education in a multicultural environment Nicole Schmitt;
5. Implementing linguistic rights through legal education in Finnish and Swedish in Finland Markku Suksi;
Part II Legal Education through Minority Languages:
6.Basque-medium legal education in the Basque Country Xabier Arzoz;
7. Bilingual higher education in Catalonia Eva Pons;
8. Living on borrowed time: Bilingual law teaching in Galicia, or the urgent need to recover prestige Alba Nogueira;
9. Bilingual legal scholarship in Wales: historical and contemporary perspectives Gwyn Parry;
10. Legal education in Hungarian language in Transylvania: Between a glorious past and an uncertain future Gyula Fabian;
11. Creating, studying and experimenting bilingual law in South Tyrol: Lost in interpretation? Elisabeth Alber and Francesco Palermo;
Part III The emergence of English as a language of legal education:
12. English-medium legal education in continental Europe: Maastricht University’s European Law School – Experiences and challenges Nicole Kornet;
Part IV Conclusions:
13. Bilingual legal education in Europe and Canada Bethan Sarah Davies;

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