30/11/2015 11:19

The 6th General Assembly of EULITA will take place in Strasbourg, France, on 9 April 2016. A conference will be held at the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe on 8 and 9 April 2016. Details of the conference programme will be announced soon. A first announcement and the registration form can be found here:

30/11/2015 11:00

The papers presented at the Final Conference on 9 and 10 November 2015 can now be found at


12/11/2015 22:59

The Final Conference of the LIT Search project (JUST/2013/JPEN/AG/4556) for a European pilot database of legal interpreters and translators was opened with a video message from Commissioner Vĕra Jourová in which she congratulated the consortium on the work done in the past 18 months. Koen Geens, Minister of Justice, then referred to Belgian efforts concerning a national database of legal interpreters and translators.

21/10/2015 11:12

Legal interpreters are aware of the threat to civilian interpreters in conflict zones. AIIC (International Association of conference Interpeters) and its partners have been raising awareness for their plight for a long time. They now launch a petition to the UN in order to obtain support from official sources.

20/10/2015 10:56

The Sixth General Assembly of EULITA has now been scheduled to take place in Strasbourg, France, on Saturday, 9 April 2016.
A seminar/conference is being planned at the European Court of Human Rights for Friday, 8 April 2016.

Details on the seminar/conference and the General Assembly will follow as soon as possible - please save the date.

07/10/2015 19:03

World Standards day is celebrated every year on 14 October to pay tribute to the effort of the thousands of experts who collaborate within IEC, ISO and ITU to develop voluntary international standards. The day is also a great opportunity to bring standardization to a wider audience.

EULITA has submitted the first draft of an ISO standard on legal interpreting to TC 37/SC 5/WG 2. National mirror committees are now invited to comment on the text before 12 October 2015.

President's welcome

Since the fourth General Assembly of EULITA, which was held upon the invitation of the Polish Society of Sworn and Specialized Translators (TEPIS) in Krakow, Poland, on 5 April 2014, Liese Katschinka (Austria), President, Christiane Driesen (Germany), Vice-President, Zofia Rybinska (Poland), Vice-President, Katy Stifterova (Czech Republic), Secretary, Lucía Castaño-Castaño (Spain), Treasurer, Flavia Caciagli (Italy) and Geoffrey Buckingham (United Kingdom) have served as the Executive Committee (2014 – 2017).

EULITA, the European Legal Interpreters and Translators Association, was founded in Antwerp, Belgium, on 26 November 2009. This international not-for-profit association (aisbl) was established under the Criminal Justice Programme of the Directorate-General Justice, Freedom, Security of the European Commission (project number JLS/2007/JPEN/249). A two-day conference on “Aspects of Legal Interpreting and Translation” accompanied the official launch of EULITA at the Antwerp Court of First Instance.

You will find EULITA’s Mission statement on this website (About us / Mission statement). It describes in detail the objectives which EULITA pursues through its activities.

EULITA especially aims to promote cooperation and best practices in working arrangements with the legal services and legal professions. The Directive on the Right to Interpretation and Translation in Criminal Proceedings (OJ L 280/1 – see LIT materials / Relevant documents) was formally adopted on 26 October 2010 and had to be transposed by EU Member States by 27 October 2013. In the course of four regional workshops, held with EU funding under the TRAFUT (Training for the Future) project, EULITA presented the views of legal interpreters and translators on the various articles of the Directive to judicial stakeholders from EU member states. (Details of the project can be found at TRAFUT in the left-hand margin).

QUALETRA (Quality in Legal Translation) was the other project with EU funding that was based on Directive 2010/64/EU. It primarily focused on the “essential documents” and the European Arrest Warrant (EAW). Please refer to the section on QUALETRA in the left-hand margin for more information about QUALETRA.

EULITA maintains close contacts to sign-language interpreters through its relations to efsli (European Forum of Sign-Language Interpreters) and by participating in the JUSTISIGNS project (538899-LLP-1-2013-1-IE-LEONARDO-LMP) which is developing training materials for sign-language interpreters, the deaf community and judicial stakeholders so as to promote the interaction among these actors in judicial settings. (More details at JUSTISIGNS in the left-hand margin).

The principal activity in 2015 is LIT Search, the pilot project for a European database of legal interpreters and translators (JUST/2013/JPEN/AG/4556). In the course of five progress meetings, the consortium studied the current situation concerning national and/or regional registers of legal interpreters and translators and developed the pilot database. The project outcomes will be presented at the final conference in Antwerp on 9 and 10 November 2015. (More details at LIT Search in the left-hand margin).

EULITA also submitted a draft for an ISO standard on legal interpreting to ISO/TC37/SC 5/ WG 2. This project will be further developed within the timeframe assigned by ISO, i.e. 48 months.

The VOLUNTARIAT Programme of EULITA is an activity which helps to build closer ties to academia. As many of the associate members of EULITA are universities training legal interpreters and translators, their research results are of great benefit to EULITA. (For more details see Join EULITA / VOLUNTARIAT programme).

Associations and organisations that are interested in legal interpreting and translation issues and wish to join EULITA are cordially invited to contact the EULITA Secretariat ( for details about membership in EULITA. You will also find all necessary information at Join EULITA.

Liese Katschinka, President of EULITA
Vienna, October 2015
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