Professional Issues and Prospects
Part 3 Legal Translation at International Organizations
Susan Šarčević and Colin Robertson1 9 The Work of Lawyer–Linguists in the EU Institutions 1. Introduction This chapter examines the work of lawyer–linguists in the institutions of the European Union (EU). It touches upon the main text typologies dealt with in their daily work, explains the accreditation requirements and selec- tion processes, and outlines the pre-accession activities of lawyer–linguists in candidate countries, making suggestions as to their training. From the outset it is necessary to make a distinction between lawyer–linguists and the translators working in the translation units of the various EU institu- tions who are mostly linguists, many with a degree in translation. Lawyer– linguists are specialized lawyers with high-level language abilities and are usually employed in the legal service of the respective institution. Although legal translation and legal–linguistic revision constitute the main tasks of EU lawyer–linguists, the precise nature of their work varies according to the institution, depending on whether they are employed at the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament or the European Central Bank.2 1 The contents of this chapter are an expression of personal opinion and do not rep- resent the views of any institution. 2 Of the other EU institutions set out in Article 13 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU), the European Council uses the same services as the Council, as far as the provision of legal–linguistic services is concerned, and...
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