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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre
Areas of Interest: 
Translation and language policy
Critical Discourse Analysis
Law and language
Translation Studies

Javier Moreno-Rivero is a researcher in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge, focusing on translation policies of minoritized languages. He holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in translation (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Universitat d'Alacant) and applied Spanish linguistics (Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo and Instituto Cervantes). He has held various academic positions in France (Rouen), the United Kingdom (Heriot-Watt, Sheffield and Open University) and the United States, where he was a Lecturer in Spanish at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) prior to joining Cambridge. In 2018, he was appointed Assessor in Spanish Translation by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University. He has extensive experience in higher education teaching and research; and his research interests lie in the fields of translation policy, minoritized languages and legal translation and interpreting. At the moment, he is in the editorial board of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (Springer) and the Journal of Language and Law.


Multilingualism and the law: legal translation and interpreting, language policy, translation policy


Key publications: 

Moreno-Rivero, J. (2018) "Interdisciplinary multilingual practices in NGOs: Addressing translation and interpreting at the ‘Human Rights Investigations Lab’ and ‘Translators Without Borders’", in Tesseur, W. (ed.)  Translation and Interpreting in Non-Governmental Organisations, Translation Spaces 7:1, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 143-161.

Moreno-Rivero, J. & J. Jiménez-Salcedo (2017) "On Jurilinguistics: The Principles and Applications of Research on Language and Law", Revista de Llengua i Dret, Journal of Language and Law, issue 68.

Teaching and Supervisions


2016-18 - Lecturer in Spanish (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)

2015-18 - Director of Studies, Spanish as a Foreign Language (Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, Spain)

2014-16 - Teaching Fellow in Hispanic Studies (University of Sheffield, UK)

2014-15 - Associate Lecturer in Spanish (Sheffield Hallam University, UK)

2013 - Teaching Assistant in Spanish Translation (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh)

2012 - Teaching Assistant in Spanish (New Mexico State University, USA)

Research supervision: 

Javier has supervised over 15 BA and MA dissertations in applied linguistics (task-based and project-based language teaching and learning, CLIL, languages for specific purposes), translation studies (legal, financial, medical and literary translation) and cultural studies (Spanish society and nationalism).

Researcher in Translation Policy
Departments and institutes: 
Javier Moreno Rivero

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What we do

Cambridge Language Sciences is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Our virtual network connects researchers from five schools across the university as well as other world-leading research institutions. Our aim is to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines in order to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges relating to language research.