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Enforcing the Right to Cultural Heritage

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This special seminar discussed the enforcement of the right to cultural heritage from various legal angles. Access to cultural heritage was analysed from a human rights perspective, through a discussion of the practice of the European regional human rights institutions. More widely, the role of cultural heritage in foreign relations, including the role it may play in peace-building and reconciliation, and its place in international trade law was also considered.

Finally, the concept of cultural heritage itself was presented, including in particular its intangible aspect with a critical assessment of the impact of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage. The way culture can be measured through the UNESCO indicators was also discussed, as well as the potential impact of Brexit on cultural heritage in the UK.

This event was also an opportunity for BIICL and the other teams participating in HEURIGHT to present their initial findings. For more information about this project, see:


  • Kristin Hausler, Dorset Senior Research Fellow, British Institute of International and Comparative Law


  • Dr Damien Helly, European Centre for Development Policy Management
  • Dr Andrzej Jakubowski, Assistant Professor, Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw)
  • Dr Paola Monaco, Post-doc Fellow, University of Trieste
  • Dr Hanna Schreiber, Adjunct Professor, Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw
  • Richard Mackenzie-Gray Scott, Research Fellow, British Institute of International and Comparative Law

Event: Enforcing the Right to Cultural Heritage

27 Oct 2016 LONDON
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