Plain language for justice and democracy

How can we use plain language to make people understand their rights and duties? How do we include all members of society through plain language? PLAIN 2019 will attempt to answer these questions in our sixth concurrent session: Plain language for justice and democracy.

Publisert: 10. jul 2019, Sist endret: 25. sep 2019

Plain language is a precondition for democracy, citizenship and protection of civil rights. It is and should continue to be a vital part of our legal languages to safeguard due process and transparency. The work to secure these basic rights is ongoing, although they are often taken for granted. Plain language is at the core of each one of them.

Our world has become global, with regional and international commitments. When we move across physical and linguistic boundaries, new challenges arise. We must face many of these challenges head-on as we translate - both figuratively and literally - international politics into national action.

Join our concurrent session to learn more about plain language for justice and democracy. Please note that this concurrent session is only held on Thursday 13.00–16.40. Venue: Please note that the concurrent session is at the old University of Oslo, 5 minutes walking distance from the main venue.


  • Introduction: Plain Language for Justice and Democracy
    Asst. Prof. Jon Christian Fløysvik Nordrum, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Legal Communications within the Matrix – Which Reality Do You Want to Perceive?
    Guillaume Rondeau and Ariane Charbonneau, Educloi, Canada
  • Demystifying justice: Training for justice actors on the use of plain language and developing clear and accessible letters of rights
    Vera Gergely, Világos beszéd, Hungary
  • Plain language to implement politics
    Director-General for Legal Affairs Eva Lenberg, the Ministry of Education and Research and Eva Thorén, Research and Deputy Director, Prime Minister’s Office, Sweden
  • Unmasking confusion: The Language and Ethics of Transparency
    Meghan Codd Walker and Deanna Lorianni, Zuula, USA
  • Do We Make the Grade for Clear Communications and Clear Results? Two US PL Organizations and the Federal Report Card
    Katherine Spivey, Plain Language Action and Information Network and Dr. David Lipscomb, Center for Plain Language, USA
  • Fight the fog in the EU legislation!
    Ragnhild I. Samuelsberg, the Ministry of Children and Equality and Sissel C. Motzfeldt, previously the Agency of Management and eGovernment, Norway
  • Plain Language and Translation: How to avoid the drowsy effect of privacy policies
    Natalia Torro, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Title to be announced
    Prof. Hans Petter Graver, the University of Oslo, Norway 


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