Professor John Gibbons

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Adjunct Professor, Monash University

John was at Hong Kong University for nine years, in the Linguistics Department at the University of Sydney for 25 years, and retired as a Professor from Hong Kong Baptist University after three years.

John works in language and the law, and bilingualism. He has varied experience in language and law issues: worked with the New South Wales Police on their language procedures, consulted concerning federal legal interpreter legislation by the Attorney General's Department Canberra, was adviser to the Law Foundation of New South Wales on language and law issues 1994-2000, and has acted as an expert in more than 40 legal cases.

He was the President of the International Association of Forensic Linguists 2003-2005, and Convenor of the UN recognised Scientific Committee on Forensic Linguistics 2001-2005.

John has published widely in the field of language in the law, including Language and the Law (Longman, 1994), Forensic Linguistics: An Introduction to Language in the Justice System (Blackwell, 2003) and more than 20 papers on language and law issues.