Facoltà di Giurisprudenza - Dipartimento di Scienze Giuridiche
CERMEG Centro di Ricerche sulla Metodologia Giuridica

GTR 12 - XII Giornate Tridentine di Retorica
1st International Workshop

ARGUMENTATION & RHETORIC (in Public Discourse, in Language, in Law)

June 7 - 8, 2012
Faculty of Law, via Verdi 53, Room B

Thursday June 7, 2012


Maurizio ManzinCarla Locatelli
Frans H. van EemerenEveline T. Feteris

SESSION 1 - Public Discourse and Rhetoric - Chairman: Maurizio Manzin

Welcome by Carla Locatelli,  Vice-Rector for international relations

Keynote Speakers:

Frans H. van Eemeren, University of Amsterdam

Eveline T. Feteris, University of Amsterdam



Giorgio PinoFederico Reggio
Serena TomasiJános Frivaldszky

Invited Speakers:

Giorgio Pino, University of Palermo

Federico Reggio, University of Padua

Serena Tomasi, University of Trento

János Frivaldszky, University "Pázmány Péter", Budapest

Discussion & Questions

Friday June 8, 2012


Christian PlantinFabrizio Macagno

SESSION 2 - Language and Rhetoric Chairman: Frans H. van Eemeren

Keynote Speakers:

Christian Plantin, ICAR, Université Lyon 2

Fabrizio Macagno, Universidade Nova de Lisboa


Giovanni BombellliPaolo Heritier
Alessio Lo Giudice

Invited Speakers:

Giovanni Bombellli, University "Sacro Cuore", Milan

Paolo Heritier, University of Turin

Alessio Lo Giudice, University of Catania

Discussion & Questions



Alarico Mariani MariniAdelino Cattani
Titta Madìa jr.Marcello M. Fracanzani
Simona SagnottiClaudio Sartea

SESSION 3 - Legal Education and Rhetoric Chairman: Alarico Mariani Marini (Sessione in lingua italiana)

Keynote Speakers:

Adelino Cattani, University of Padua

Titta Madìa jr., Attorney-at-law in Rome

Invited Speakers:

Marcello M. Fracanzani, University of Udine

Simona Sagnotti, University of Perugia

Claudio Sartea, University of Rome 2


The “argumentative turn” of the 50s and the 60s – which has to be taken as a part of the wider phenomenon of the weakening of Cartesian epistemologies in the 20th century – has provided a flourishing of studies on communicative methods in the various fields of experience for many years. We have seen a true renewal of logic even in its own meaning, thanks expecially to some schools of thinking in Europe and Canada.

The rhetorical nature of legal argumentation has been for a number of years the main topic of CERMEG, which has dedicated to it all the previous editions of GTR where lawyers, judges, advocates and experts had the chance of discussing it.

Our aim this year is to create a meeting point for comparison among some of the most remarkable accounts on argumentation and rhetoric, putting them in touch with Italian scholars of legal philosophy. We hope to offer the best conditions for bridging the gap between different theoretical and practical viewpoints.

Organizing Committee

Maurizio Manzin, University of Trento, CERMEG
Federico Puppo, University of Trento, CERMEG