In defense of multilingualism. Considerations on the basis of the European case.

In the era of globalization, there is a tendency to believe that the use of a lingua franca can facilitate the interpretation of applicable law, strengthen the protection of human rights, create international communities of scholars. However, the choice of using a lingua franca is almost never neutral. Each language carries with it a conceptual background. The choice in favor of a given language makes it possible to impose specific legal concepts. In order to avoid forms of abuse and facilitate dialogue between legal cultures, the best tool appears to be the use of multilingualism. This latter constitutes the linguistic model adopted in the European Union. The European discipline of multilingualism is particularly detailed. Therefore, in this presentation I will analyze the European case in order to identify the advantages and disadvantages of using multilingualism, also for purposes of legal comparison.