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Call for papers – Clarity 2018 Symposium (Now Closed)

Plain Language in Modern Times

Clarity 2018 is calling for papers for the next edition of its symposium, which will focus on the usage of plain language in law to improve access to justice. This international event will be held from October 25 to 27, 2018, in Montreal.

Total presentations: 60 (30 one-hour sessions, each containing two presentations)

Recommended format: 20-minute oral presentation followed by a 10-minute question period

Other formats: practical workshop, training session, group discussion, quiz, personal account, film/documentary, case study, etc.



Does everyone have to register for the symposium? 

All participants and workshop speakers must be registered at the conference. Thus, each candidate submitting a presentation must be registered for at least one day of the Clarity Symposium. Once their proposal has been accepted by the Scientific Committee and after receiving a written confirmation, candidates have until May 31 to complete their registration with Clarity.


I am a workshop lecturer. Do I have to register?

Workshop speakers must register for the symposium.

Registration fees vary depending on the status of the participant. Members PLAIN, Clarity, Center for Language Plain,, IIID -International Institute for Information Design as well as students and representatives of NPOs benefit from a reduced rate.


Main subtopics:

  1. Plain language as a factor of progress for justice systems
  2. Legal information and citizen education: knowledge is power
  3. Plain language as a driver for socioeconomic development
  4. Plain language through technology
  5. Principles of effective plain language in law
  6. Adapting messages to target audiences  

For further details on the different subtopics, click here.


Call for papers – important dates:



November 27, 2017

Call for papers posted online

March 31, 2018

Deadline for papers

August 22, 2018Unveiling the Clarity 2018 program

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