Faculty Profiles

Dieter Stein

Dieter Stein

Visiting Professor
Ph.D. University of Saarbrücken, 1975

Dieter Stein teaches Language and the Law. He is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Düsseldorf and the University of Cologne where he has continued his teaching assignments and research after retiring in 2012. He has also served as the Scientific Communications Advisor for the Max Planck Society’s Max Planck Digital Library in Munich since 2012.

Stein received his degrees in English and Geography and his Ph.D. in English Linguistics from the University of Saarbrücken.  Prior to retiring, Stein served as Dean and Professor of English Language and Lingustics at Justus-Liebig-University of Gießen from 1982-1990. At the University of Düsseldorf, Stein served as the Head of the English Department several times, the Director of the Center of Communication, and the Director of Media and Language at the University Language Center. Stein has been an invited scholar at prominent institutions such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, University of British Columbia, and Stanford University. He is currently the President of the International Language and Law Society, and was formerly the president of the International Society for Historical Linguistics. As a scholar, Stein looks at a variety of issues related to language, including language and the law.  He has published numerous books, his most recent being The Pragmatic Turn in Law: Inference and Interpretation in Legal Discourse (Ed. with Giltrow, J.) (UBC Vancouver. Series Pragmatics. Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter) (2017).