Legal and institutional protection of Cultural Heritage 1

Course Description: 

This course is the first of two dedicated to this topic. It is intended to introduce students to the major institutions and some of the major normative texts that regulate and guide the protection of cultural heritage at the international level. It will study 4 of UNESCO’s main conventions in this field (on world heritage, on intangible cultural heritage inter alia) as well as the challenges to their implementation and the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape. Besides UNESCO and its network, major international professional organisations (ICOMOS, ICOM, etc.) as well as European institutions will also be studied. Through examples we shall also look briefly into how national legislations care for cultural heritage. The teaching is tailored to students without a background in law and to the needs of cultural heritage professionals.

Learning Outcomes: 

To gain a working familiarity with the international rules for the protection and preservation of the cultural heritage (‘international cultural heritage law’); to be able to analyze critically the various international legal instruments for the protection and preservation of the cultural heritage and their implementation; to understand the role of national governments, institutional frameworks and national legal systems in the implementation of international cultural heritage law; to understand the role of intergovernmental bodies in the implementation of international cultural heritage law; to understand the role of cultural heritage professionals and non-governmental cultural heritage organizations in the implementation of international cultural heritage law; to understand the role of international organizations for the safeguarding and protection of cultural heritage.

Assessment: 

Seminar paper (40%)
Presentation of a topic / article in class (20%)
Reading notes / small assignments submitted for each session (20%)
Active class participation (20%).

Prerequisites: 

none