Legal and institutional protection of Cultural Heritage 2 (Advanced)

Course Description: 

This course builds on and continues the introductory course of the same title in the previous academic year. Further to the study of the legal and institutional context of the protection of cultural heritage, in the first part of the course we shall now cover some of the key policy frameworks and issues in which cultural heritage is embedded such as sustainability, and urban development as well as the threats and destruction that cultural heritage is facing more and more in situations of conflict and post-conflict recently. In times of conflict, heritage sites often become the target of violent and oppressive action that seeks to destroy the symbols valued by enemies or the iconography associated with alternative faiths and traditions. We shall take a fresh look at the legal and other tools that are expected to prevent this to happen, assess their adequacies, look at recent examples of this type of destruction and will together explore possible new ways of facing this challenge. This course builds on students’ overall familiarity with the topics covered in the first course and requires their active participation.

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: 

Grading will be based on your term paper (40%), presentation of a topic / article in class (20%), reading notes / small assignments submitted for each session (20%), and active class participation (20%).

Prerequisites: 

Legal and Institutional Protection of Cultural Heritage 1