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Elke Selter

Biography Dr. Elke Selter is a Research Fellow in Cultural Heritage. She joined BIICL in 2021, working on the international politics, heritage, repatriation and reparations, a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Prior to joining BIICL, Elke has worked for over 15 years with various agencies of the United Nations. Most of these, she worked in conflict and disaster-affected places where she advised governments on cultural policies and international conventions, and managed programs on heritage…

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Alina Holzhausen

Biography Alina Holzhausen is a Research Assistant in Environmental and Climate Change Law at BIICL. She is also a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, researching climate change litigation and human rights. Alina graduated from the University of Bayreuth with a German diploma in law and holds a Maîtrise in International Law (University of Bordeaux) and an LLM in International Law and International Relations (University of Aberdeen). She practised law at the German Parliament…

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Kristin Hausler

Biography Kristin Hausler is the Dorset Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for International Law. Since joining the Institute in 2007, she has developed and led several research projects on international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law, areas in which she also provides training at the Institute. Her most recent projects focused on cultural heritage  protection, in particular in situations of conflicts. Currently, she is leading…

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Short Course: International Cultural Heritage Law

TRAINING Short Course: International Cultural Heritage Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Course Outline This course will offer an introduction to cultural heritage as an international legal concept. It will include discussions of the key threats to cultural heritage at present, including…

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Cultural Heritage Governance: Who Should Participate?

EVENTS Cultural Heritage Governance: Who Should Participate? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details This year, the International Law Association adopted recommendations pertaining to Participation in Global Cultural Heritage Governance. This was the culmination of four years of work led by Dr Jakubowski…

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Short Course: International Cultural Heritage Law

TRAINING Short Course: International Cultural Heritage Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Course Outline This Course will offer an introduction to cultural heritage as an international legal concept. It will include discussions of the key threats to cultural heritage at present, including trafficking, armed…

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The 2022 UNESCO MONDIACULT Declaration: Anything New for Restitution?

Picture: People worshipping at Angkor Wat, Cambodia, taken as part of our ongoing Leverhulme project  At the end of September 2022, delegates from 150 countries gathered at the UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development - MONDIACULT 2022 - in Mexico City. There, a Declaration for Culture (the 'Declaration') was adopted by the Ministers of Culture of the Member States of UNESCO, which established culture as a 'global public good', a term which emphasizes…

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Returning stolen idols to the community: A challenge for heritage law

When artifacts that unlawfully ended up in foreign collections are returned to their source country, they often end up in a major museum, removed from the communities where they originated from. The Leverhulme-funded Beyond Restitution project has looked at how Nepal is choosing a very different approach: one in which the museums are happy to empty their storages by returning idols to their communities of origin. By doing so, the Nepalese authorities have started implementing a specific…

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The Role of Cultural Heritage in Strengthening Climate Resilience

Kristin Hausler and Alina Holzhausen are currently working on a project jointly with the Institute of Small and Micro States (ISMS) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) entitled: Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) within Climate Laws and Policies of Pacific Small Island States: Towards a more resilient and inclusive approach to foster Stability and The Rule of Law. Given that intangible cultural heritage law has an impact on climate change mitigation and adaptation,…

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Destruction of Ukrainian cultural heritage vis-a-vis military necessity and lasting peace

Almost four weeks into the Russian invasion, important Ukrainian heritage sites have suffered destruction or damage, including the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Philharmonic in Kharkiv, as well as the museum of local history in Ivankiv, where the losses have included works by the celebrated Ukrainian folk artist, Maria Prymachenko. Plenty more is at risk, including Ukraine's seven World Heritage Sites designated pursuant to the World Heritage Convention (1972) and…

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How does international law protect Ukrainian cultural heritage in war? Is it protected differently than other civilian objects?

In line with the principle of distinction, the cornerstone of international humanitarian law, attacks may only be directed against military objectives; thus, in principle, all civilian objects enjoy protection during hostilities. Objects and sites of cultural, religious or historical importance benefit from additional protection on the basis of treaty and customary international law. While the Geneva Conventions of 1949 do not include a specific provision for cultural property, Article 53 of…

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Culture, Art, Cultural Identity and Small States

EVENTS Culture, Art, Cultural Identity and Small States Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Organised by Conference Outline Small states are not just small versions of large states-they are culturally and politically different from large ones. Small states have an astonishing cultural diversity and often develop…

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Short Course: International Cultural Heritage Law

EVENTS Short Course: International Cultural Heritage Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Outline  This Course will offer an introduction to cultural heritage as an international legal concept. It will include discussions of the key threats to cultural heritage at present, including…

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The Role of Multilateral Development Banks in the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage

On 21 October 2020, BIICL published a Working Paper on the role of Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) in the protection of intangible cultural heritage, in line with sustainable development.  Beyond considering the main international legal and policy instruments relevant to the protection of ICH in the context of infrastructure construction projects, this Working Paper undertakes a comparative analysis of of the sustainability policies of seven leading MDBs and an examination…

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Inter-State Complaints in International Human Rights Law

EVENTS Inter-State Complaints in International Human Rights Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details The possibility to complain about the violation of human rights before a supra-national body is an essential element towards the effective implementation of international human rights law. Beyond…

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BIICL comments on Draft Policy on cultural heritage of the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC

Comments Submitted on the Draft Policy on Cultural Heritage of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court On 16 April 2021, a diverse group of experts, including practicing attorneys, law professors and scholars, archaeologists, and other professionals with extensive expertise and experience in cultural heritage law, ICL and IHL submitted comments to the ICC Office of the Prosecutor's Draft Policy on Cultural Heritage.  In summary, the Comments emphasized the importance…

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Beyond Restitution: Exploring the Story of Cultural Objects After Their Repatriation

BIICL is currently undertaking a project entitled 'Beyond Restitution: Exploring the Story of Cultural Objects After Their Repatriation', which seeks to offer a longer-term view on restitution through an analysis of past experiences. Whilst so far research has focused on the legal framework applicable to de-accessioning museum objects and the processes adopted to address restitution claims, this project studies the impact of restitution once objects have changed hands. Therefore, it seeks…

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BIICL Undertakes New Project on the Restitution of Cultural Objects

BIICL is undertaking a project 'Beyond Restitution: Exploring the Story of Cultural Objects After Their Repatriation', which will seek to offer a longer-term view on restitution through an analysis of past experiences. Whilst so far research has focused on the legal framework applicable to de-accessioning museum objects and the processes adopted to address restitution claims, this project will study the impact of restitution once objects have changed hands. Therefore, it will seek to inform…

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Toppled Statues and Monuments: Perspectives on the Global Movement Confronting Heritage

EVENTS: Toppled Statues and Monuments: Perspectives on the Global Movement Confronting Heritage Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Watch the recording  Toppled Statues and Monuments: Perspectives on the Global Movement Confronting Heritage Event Details On the 7th of June 2020, the statue of Edward Colston,…

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POSTPONED: From Spoliated Art Restitution to Colonial Loot Repatriation: Lessons Learnt and Ways Forward

EVENTS POSTPONED From Spoliated Art Restitution to Colonial Loot Repatriation: Lessons Learnt and Ways Forward Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by                   Event Details This event will explore the challenges associated with the claims for…

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Law, Culture and Human Rights in Asia and the Middle East

EVENTS Law, Culture and Human Rights in Asia and the Middle East Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised by          Event Details The 4th Annual International Conference of the Asian Yearbook on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, jointly organised by the British Institute for International and Comparative…

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Bilingualism in law in practice: the experience of Belarus and the United Kingdom

EVENTS Bilingualism in law in practice: the experience of Belarus and the United Kingdom Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by: The British Embassy in Minsk Co-organised in partnership with: The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Event details Both the United Kingdom and Belarus have more than…

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New workshop report: The Human Right to Access and Enjoy Cultural Heritage in the United Kingdom

On the 31st of May 2018, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law hosted a workshop  on the human right to access to, and enjoyment of, cultural heritage in the United Kingdom (UK), which was moderated by Kristin Hausler (Dorset Senior Fellow). This workshop was organised as part of HEURIGHT, a research project on Cultural Heritage in the European Union, in relation to which an edited volume was published by Brill Nijhoff in 2019. While there is no right to cultural…

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The Human Right to Access and Enjoy Cultural Heritage in the United Kingdom

On the 31 May 2018, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law hosted a workshop on the human right to access to, and enjoyment of, cultural heritage in the United Kingdom (UK), which was moderated by Kristin Hausler (Dorset Senior Fellow). This workshop was organised as part of HEURIGHT, a research project on Cultural Heritage in the European Union, in relation to which an edited volume was published by Brill Nijhoff in 2019. While there is no right to cultural…

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The Right to Cultural Heritage - Its Protection and Enforcement through Cooperation in the European Union (HEURIGHT14).

In June 2015, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, BIICL was awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for a three-year project on 'The Right to Cultural Heritage - Its Protection and Enforcement through Cooperation in the European Union' (HEURIGHT). This project investigates how human rights guarantees in relation to cultural heritage are being understood and implemented within the EU and by the EU as part of its external action. It focuses…

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Cultural Heritage in the European Union

Cultural Heritage in the European Union Edited by Andrzej Jakubowski, Kristin Hausler and Francesca Fiorentini Cultural Heritage in the European Union provides a critical analysis of the laws and policies which address cultural heritage throughout Europe, considering them in light of the current challenges faced by the Union. The volume examines the matrix of organisational and regulatory frameworks concerned with cultural heritage both in the Union and its Members States, as well as…

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Under Fire: Cultural Heritage and Armed Groups

Time: 17.30-19.00 (Registration from 17.00) Event followed by a drinks reception Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED Cultural heritage is often at risk of damage or destruction in situations of armed conflicts. Certain armed groups have sometimes intentionally destroyed cultural monuments, as an attempt to erase diversity or remove the links communities have with their past. In addition…

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The Forgotten Conflict: Seeking Accountability in Yemen

Time: 17:30-19:00 (Registration from 17:00) Event followed by a drinks reception Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP      The intervention by Kristin Hausler at UNOG in September 2018 on the destruction of cultural heritage in Yemen can be accessed here.    This event will address the alleged violations and abuses of international humanitarian law and international human rights law perpetrated…

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Culture under fire: armed non-state actors and cultural heritage in wartime

Culture under fire: armed non-state actors and cultural heritage in wartime This report presents the findings of a pioneering, twoyear study conducted by Geneva Call on cultural heritage and armed non-State actors (ANSAs). It represents the most comprehensive research available on this topic to date. The report centres around three case studies—Iraq, Mali and Syria—and is based on information obtained through desk and field research, as well as interviews with leading specialized…

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Podcast: Cultural Heritage post-Brexit

Podcast: Cultural Heritage post-Brexit  Podcast: Cultural Heritage post-Brexit

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Cultural Heritage and the Security Council: Why Resolution 2347 matters

Blog: Cultural Heritage and the Security Council: Why Resolution 2347 matters    This piece considers how the UN Security Council gradually established cultural heritage protection as a key element in the maintenance of international peace and security, including through its combat against terrorism financing. Considering the wider context of escalated attacks against cultural heritage in armed conflict, it analyses Resolution 2347 in parallel with other key documents adopted…

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Cultural Heritage, Cultural Rights and the European Union

Time: 09:10-14:00 (Registration from 08:45am) Venue: Instutite of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Staszic Palace, 72 Nowy Świat, Warsaw On 13 March 2018, the Research Team of the project HEURIGHT - The Right to Cultural Heritage - Its Protection and Enforcement through Cooperation in the European Union is organizing an international seminar, entitled "Cultural Heritage, Cultural Rights and the European Union". The core aim of this event is to present the research findings of…

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Directive 2014/60/EU and the Movement of Cultural Objects in the European Union

Directive 2014/60/EU and the Movement of Cultural Objects in the European Union Santander Art and Cultural Law Review 2(2) 2016 , co-edited by F Fiorentini, K Hausler, A Jagielska-Burduk, and A Jakubowski. Publication - Download PDF Share Links Publication - Tags

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Outside the Debate? The Potential Impact of Brexit for Cultural Heritage in the UK

Outside the Debate? The Potential Impact of Brexit for Cultural Heritage in the UK Article published in Art Antiquity and Law, Volume XXII, Issue 2, July 2017 Publication - Download PDF Share Links Publication - Tags

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