The Team

Dr Karen McAuliffe is the principal investigator and team leader on the LLECJ project.  Throughout her career, both within and outside of academia, she has focused on trying to understand the relationship between law, language and translation in multilingual legal orders.  Prior to entering academia she worked as a lawyer-linguist at the Court of Justice of the EU, and it was that experience that sparked her interest and intellectual curiosity in the role and potential impact of translation on the development of EU law.  You can find out more about Karen’s research here.

Dr Liana Muntean is a research associate who has been working on the LLECJ project since January 2018.  Liana’s background is in European and comparative constitutional law and prior to entering academia she worked as a lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights.  Her role on the LLECJ project includes carrying out interviews with various actors at the Court of Justice of the EU to find out about their own role perceptions and the impact that language may have in their day to day work.  She is currently researching the role of the Advocate General at that court.

Ewelina Tylec joined the LLECJ project as a research associate in February 2018.  Her background is in human rights and international law.  Prior to joining the LLECJ project she worked for the International IDEA Constitution Building Programme in The Hague.  Her role on this project includes carrying out a systematic literature review on the role of the Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Nadia Woodall is the project administrator.  She is responsible for organising project events and the general administration of the project.  The team would be lost without her!  Nadia works part-time on the LLECJ project and can be contacted at

Former Team Members

Dr Aleksandar Trklja was a research fellow on the LLECJ project from November 2013 until July 2016.  His role included carrying out corpus and discourse analyses of EU jurisprudence and developing a theoretical explanation of relations between law and language in the EU legal order.  Alex returned to the LLECJ project for one month in September 2017 before taking up a teaching post in linguistics at the University of Vienna, where he is now based.

Dr Gar Yein Ng was a research fellow on the LLECJ project from November 2014 to May 2015.  In that time she carried out two systematic literature reviews: one on constitutional pluralism and one on the notion of de facto precedent in EU case law.  Gar Yein’s own research interests include the training of judges and the role of judges vis-a-vis the legislator from a comparative perspective.  She is now working as a lecturer in law at the University of Buckingham.

Irene Christophers was the LLECJ project administrator while the project was based at the University of Exeter (2013-2016).  Unfortunately Irene was not able to move with the project to Birmingham, but our loss was definitely Exeter University’s gain! She is currently working at Exeter University’s Penryn campus as a research finance administrator.

Liana Turner worked as an administrator on the LLECJ project in 2016 to help manage the move of the project from the University of Exeter to the University of Birmingham.  Liana now works in the Student Experience Team at the University of Birmingham.