Translating Domestic Legislation: A Comparative Analysis of English Versions of Brazilian Law on Arbitration

Authored by: Celina Frade

The Ashgate Handbook of Legal Translation

Print publication date:  November  2014
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409469667
eBook ISBN: 9781315612706
Adobe ISBN: 9781317044239


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The insertion of Brazil in the legal international community has resulted in some practical advances concerning how our legal practice and domestic legislation are to be produced and understood by non-native legal practitioners. As a Portuguese-speaking monolingual country, wherein English bears the status of foreign language, legal translation 1 is still a non-standardized, subjective and irregular activity mostly performed by lawyers who also speak English rather than legal linguists, experienced legal translators or professional drafters.

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