Professional Issues and Prospects
Legal Translation: The State of Affairs
legal translation profiles, and the debate on legal translation in Europe has gained momentum since the approval of Directive 2010/64/EU on the right to interpretation and translation in criminal proceedings. However, parallels are also drawn with countries on other continents, particularly the Americas, together with the analysis of specific profiles at international organizations. Overall, translation from English into Spanish, French and Chinese, and vice versa, are the main combinations represented in transla- tion examples in the volume. One of the central features of the project has been engaged dialogue between translation experts for the co-ordinated analysis of a number of parameters: • scope of translation or translation-related work (such as revision and terminology management) carried out in each of the profes- sional contexts; • professional requirements and, where appropriate, recruitment processes for selecting particular profiles; • main text typologies dealt with, problems encountered and methodo logies applied; • relevant skills and training needs in the light of quality standards in each context. This shared framework allows for a coherent interdisciplinary ref lec- tion on current practices, while enabling the contributors to explore issues specific to their professional contexts. Furthermore, the dif ferent chapters have been co-ordinated so that they complement each other by combining more overarching themes (on lifelong learning, ethics and the role of comparative law in legal translation) with case studies in which emphasis is put on more specific aspects (e.g. comparison of professional requirements, problems arising from representative texts in a particular context, or developments in translation technology). As a result...
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