Public Seminar “Cultural Heritage, Cultural Rights & the European Union” (Warsaw, 13 March 2018) has been awarded the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (EYCH) label

We are pleased to inform that the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission has awarded the HEURIGHT Public Seminar “Cultural Heritage, Cultural Rights & the European Union” (Warsaw, 13 March 2018; Programme Warsaw-HEURIGHT-13March2018) the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (EYCH) label. Our initiative has been assessed as contributing to the achievement of one or more of the objectives of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, as endorsed by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU in Article 2 of the legal decision calling for the EYCH.

Throughout 2018, European societies will celebrate their diverse cultural heritage across Europe – at EU, national, regional and local level. The aim of the EYCH is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe’s cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space.

The slogan for the year is: “Our heritage: where the past meets the future”.

The EYCH will see a series of initiatives and events across Europe to enable people to become closer to and more involved with their cultural heritage.

For more info consult the EYCH’s online platform and websites of national coordinators.

If you wish to attend our HEURIGHT Public Seminar, please register by March 5, 2018 at


“Cultural Heritage, Cultural Rights and the European Union”, 13 March 2018, Warsaw (Poland) – Programme

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 the project and its major outputs. It will also address current legal and policy challenges faced by the European Union in light of the agenda of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

The event will be held at the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Staszic Palace in Warsaw.

See Programme Warsaw-HEURIGHT-13March2018.

If you wish to attend, please register by March 5, 2018 at



Special guest lectures by Charlotte Woodhead, 3 November 2017, University of Warsaw

On 3 November 2017, the Polish team of the Project HEURIGHT had the honour to host special guest lectures by Dr Charlotte Woodhead, from the University of Warwick.  Dr Woodhead’s research interests lie in cultural heritage law. She has studied and written on the restitution and repatriation of objects from museum collections. She has a particular interest in the work of the Spoliation Advisory Panel and the legal and self-imposed moral obligations under which museums act in their dealings with their collections and with the people they serve.

The lectures were addressed to the students of the Master Programme in Art History. Dr Woodhead explained legal, technical and financial difficulties and barriers to restitution of looted or plundered cultural property. In this context, she dealt with the realization of the 1998 Washington Conference Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art in various European jurisdictions. Special focus was given the actual practice of the Spoliation Advisory Panel in the United Kingdom. The Panel provides a mechanism to bring claims to recover cultural objects of which the original owners were dispossessed during the Nazi era. Its paramount purpose is to achieve a fair and just solution for the parties and it does this by assessing primarily moral considerations. By referring to particular cases reviewed by the Panel, Dr Woodhead offered broader observations on available remedies for past cultural wrongs and injustices.

The event was held at the Institute of Art History of the University of Warsaw.

Global Public Goods, Global Commons and Fundamental Values: The Responses of International Law, 6-9 September 2017, Naples (Italy)

On 6-9 September 2017, Andrzej Jakubowski participated in the 13th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law (ESIL) conference titled ‘Global Public Goods, Global Commons and Fundamental Values: The Responses of International Law’. The event took place in Naples (Italy), on 7-9 September 2017. The conference was hosted by the University of Naples Federico II. The opening session of the conference was held in the Teatrino di Corte, the King’s private opera theatre inside the Royal Palace, and the main conference was held in the Castel dell’Ovo, a magnificent medieval building which is the oldest standing fortification in Naples. Pre-conference ESIL Interest Group events were organized at the historical premises of the School of Law of the university.

The core objective of this conference was to explore how international law has responded, or can or should respond, to the fundamental challenge of defining and regulating global public goods, global commons and fundamental values. Andrzej Jakubowski presented a paper ‘Global Commons, Cultural Nationalism and the International Protection of Cultural Heritage’ at the 4th conference Agora The Protection of Cultural Heritage in International Law.

Full conference programme.

Summer School: ‘Arte, Cultura y Derecho’, 19-21 July 2017, Adeje (Spain)

On 19-21 July 2017, Andrzej Jakubowski, HEURIGHT Project Leader and Alicja Jagielska-Burduk, Editor-in-Chief of the Santander Art and Culture Law Review, HEURIGHT editorial partner, taught the course ‘Arte, Cultura y Derecho’ [Art, Culture and the Law] within the framework of the Summer School co-organized by the University of La Laguna and the Council of the Municipality of Adeje, Tenerife (Spain). The course was coordinated by Luis Javier Capote Pérez and Eva María González Lorenzo. Prior to the course, a seminar on the management of cultural and artistic activities was held at the Faculty of Law of the University of La Laguna.

Programme of the course is available here.

Seminar flyer: Cartel Seminario sobre gestión cultural y del arte

Interview with Alicja Jagielska-Burduk: Eldigitalsur and DiarodeAvisos

Photogallery: Adeje_Summer_School


‘Building bridges between the 1972 and 2003 Conventions…’, 10 July 2017, Kraków (Poland)

On 10 July 2017 the research team of the Project HEURIGHT co-organized the debate ‘Building bridges between the 1972 and 2003 Conventions: Challenges for the Future’. The event, launched within the broader framework of the 41. Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, was held on in Krakow (Poland) at the International Cultural Centre (MCK). Its aim was to explore and discuss the differences and similarities between the two UNESCO Conventions, both in the normative and practical context of protection.

The confirmed discussants who participated in the event included:

The debate was organized and moderated by Hanna Schreiber (Polish Intangible Heritage Board/University of Warsaw), member of HEURIGHT research team, and Katarzyna Zalasińska (Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage/University of Warsaw).

See the event flyer: Building bridges 1972-2003.

More information can be found here.

Photogallery: Building Bridges 2017-photo collage.


Invitation: ‘Building bridges between the 1972 and 2003 Conventions…’, 10 July 2017, Kraków (Poland)

The research team of the Project HEURIGHT wishes to invite everyone interested to participate in the discussion ‘Building bridges between the 1972 and 2003 Conventions: Challenges for the Future’, to be held on 10 July 2017, at 07:00-09:00 pm, in Krakow (Poland) at the International Cultural Centre (MCK). The aim of this meeting, organized as a side event of the 41. Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, is to debate the differences and similarities between the two UNESCO Conventions, both in the normative and practical context of protection. The participants will have an opportunity to discuss the challenges faced by UNESCO and states parties to both conventions as well as groups, communities and individuals perceiving their tangible and intangible heritage as one, vital part of identity and a point of reference for socio-cultural practices.

See the invitation Building bridges 1972-2003.

For more info, please contact Hanna Schreiber:

Courts, Power and Public Law, 5-7 July 2017, Copenhagen (Denmark)

On 5-7 July 2017, Mateusz Bieczyński and Andrzej Jakubowski (Polish research team), participated in the conference ‘Courts, Power and Public Law’, held by the International Society of Public Law at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). With Kalliopi Chainoglou (University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki) and Charlotte Woodhead (University of Warwick) they organized a panel entitled ‘Enforcing Cultural Rights – Current Challenges and Future Perspectives’.
The panel addressed diverse issues relating to the enhancement and enforcement of human cultural rights in the practice of judicial and quasi-judicial bodies in Europe.

Full conference programme.

Cultural Heritage in Danger: Illicit Trafficking, Armed Conflicts and Cultural Diplomacy, 9 June 2017, Canterbury (UK)

On 9 June 2017, Kristin Hausler participated in the conference on Cultural Heritage in danger: illicit trafficking, armed conflicts and Cultural Diplomacy, at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, which was organised by the Center for Heritage, University of Kent. Her presentation focused on the EU’s diplomatic response to ‘cultural heritage in danger’, highlighting the two key areas in which the EU has taken initiatives in that regard, namely the combat of trafficking and the safeguarding of cultural heritage. She presented the three forms of actions through which the EU has addressed those issues: (1) legislation, with the two Council Regulations restricting the import of cultural goods from Iraq and Syria respectively;  (2) programmes and partnerships (whether focused on cultural heritage or including cultural heritage matters); and (3) financial support to other organisations, such as to UNESCO’s Action Plan for Syria with the funding of the Emergency Safeguarding of the Syrian Cultural Heritage project, which includes the Observatory of Syrian Cultural Heritage. She concluded by presenting ‘Towards an EU Strategy for international cultural relations’, a document which was adopted in June 2016, following the Preparatory Action on ‘Culture in EU External Relations’ (2013-2014). This strategy, which should be launched in 2018, the first European year of Cultural Heritage, focuses on cultural heritage in danger as it contains a number of specific actions to be implemented to combat trafficking and strengthened the protection of cultural heritage. With regard to trafficking, it includes a legislative proposal to regulate the import into the EU of cultural goods, based on the results of a recently launched study to identify gaps in national legislation, and measures associated with the Action Plan for strengthening the fight against terrorist financing. As for the safeguarding of cultural heritage, it includes actions aimed at sharing satellite imagery of cultural heritage sites at risk with, inter alia, UNESCO through the Copernicus Emergency Management Service, in order to evaluate damage and plan possible reconstruction, for example.

Full programme available at the University’s website.

Photos: Kristin Hausler (presenting) and Kristin with the conference’s keynote speaker Dr Artemis A. Papathanassiou (former Chair of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, Senior Legal Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece).

The 4th Heritage Forum in Kraków, 1-2 June 2017

Hanna Schreiber, from the Polish research team, acted as as a keynote speaker at the 4th Heritage Forum in Kraków, 1-2 June 2017. The Heritage Forum of Central Europe is a cyclical, biennial event organised by the International Cultural Centre in Kraków. It constitutes an interdisciplinary platform for meetings and discussions on the relations between the past and the present informed by the broad understanding of heritage as ‘meaningful pasts that should be remembered’ (Sharon Macdonald). The aim of the fourth edition was to discuss and analyse a reciprocity between heritage and society, as well as their mutual engagement. What is society’s attitude to heritage – its meaningful but often difficult past? How does heritage shape communities? Who owns heritage and why? What are the social functions of heritage?

Plenary lectures were delivered by internationally acclaimed scholars: Professor Sharon Macdonald, Professor Robert van der Laarse, and Professor John Tunbridge. Additionally, the conference participants had an opportunity to attend parallel lectures delivered by several keynote speakers, including i.a.: Tamás Fejérdy, Sophia Labadi, Ioannis Poulios, Pavel Vařeka, Magdalena Vášáryová and Hanna Schreiber who delivered a lecture titled: ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage, Europe and the European Union – Exploring the Relationship’. Hanna also chaired the panel devoted to the relationship of heritage and communities.

Forum’s programme is available here.

More information can be found on the Forum’s website.

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