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Cultural Heritage in the European Union: Legal Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges Report

Date: 20- 21 April 2017, Warsaw

On 20-21 April 2017, BIICL co-organised the second HEURIGHT Conference, which was entitled Cultural Heritage in the European Union: Legal Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges. The event, also organised in cooperation with the Editorial Board of the Santander Art and Culture Law Review, took place at the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw (Poland). Its main objective was to present and debate the research which has so far been completed within the framework of the HEURIGHT project, which is funded by the AHRC in the UK.

The conference gathered experts to discuss how the right to access or enjoyment of cultural heritage, as a human right, is understood and implemented within the European Union. The various presentations analysed the complex organisational and regulatory frameworks concerned with cultural heritage and human rights in place within the EU, as well as their interaction, cross-fertilisation, and possible overlaps. Topics covered included: the notion of shared or common cultural heritage, cultural landscapes, intangible cultural heritage, digitisation, the cultural heritage of minorities, migrants' cultural rights, the financing of cultural heritage, education and the concept of common heritage and history, the mobility of professionals, national treasures, cultural diplomacy, and culture in the EU trade agreements. Proceedings from the conference will be the object of an edited volume, to be published in 2018.

Read more about the project here

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