Book reviewInterpreting Justice. Ethics, Politics and Language New York: Routledge, 2012. xi + 156 pp. ISBN 978-0-415-89723-5 $150 (hb)/ 978-0-415-82169-8 $48.95 (pb).
Reviewed by Andrew Chesterman
This reads more like a pamphlet than a book: it is a series of arguments in favour of broadening the traditional code of ethics in interpreting, which is based on the values of fidelity and impartiality. Inghilleri’s perspective is openly prescriptive: reforming the code of ethics is something that should be done. In a nutshell, the author wants interpreters to be allowed more space to act in accordance with their personal ethics, especially when these conflict with the traditional professional ethics of interpreting. This would mean giving interpreters the right to intervene more freely, in order to ensure that their clients (in asylum-seeking cases, for instance) are treated fairly. Such interventions underline the way people in general try to understand one another via dialogue and cooperation, in a dialectical process that can often be fragmented and incoherent.