Prof. em. Dr. Erik Hertog
Erik Hertog is emeritus professor of Lessius University College (now Faculty of Arts, KU Leuven, Campus Antwerp, Belgium). In the field of legal interpreting, he has coordinated research, training and many policy projects for the Antwerp courts, the Belgian Federal Government, the Ministry of Justice of The Netherlands and the OSCE. Ha has also carried out many projects for the European Commission. He was the coordinator of e.g. the first EU projects on legal interpreting and translation in criminal procedures – the 1998 and 2001 Grotius projects on Equal Access to Justice across Language and Culture in the EU -, the EU Agis project on the Provision of Legal Interpreting and Translation in the EU, and EU project JLS/2007/JPN/249 establishing EULITA. He was also the rapporteur of the Reflection Forum on Multilingualism and Interpreter Training for the former EU Commissioner for Multilingualism. He participated in the Building Mutual Trust projects on training materials, the Avidicus projects on videoconference interpreting in criminal proceedings, the Trafut project on the implementation of Directive 2010/64/EU, the Qualitas project on assessment and testing of legal interpreting, the Qualetra project (idem on legal translation), the SOS-VICS project on the support of victims in interpreted criminal proceedings, the Understanding Justice project on interpreted mediation and the TraiLLD project on training legal interpreters in languages of lesser diffusion.
Presentation Title: HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! And now…
In a festive spirit our contribution will focus on the circumstances surrounding the birthday of EULITA, the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010. A more detailed and documented history of EULITA was presented at the 2016 Assembly in Strasbourg and need not be repeated (see: The Making of EULITA https://eulita.eu/wp/eulita-pre-assembly-conference-including-visits-european-court-human-rights-and-council-europe/).
The mission statement of EULITA, which was presented at the final launching conference of the EULITA project, will provide an opportunity – time allowing – for some reflection on current achievements and future challenges.