HEURIGHT Conference ‘Cultural Heritage in the European Union: Legal Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges’, 20-21 April 2017, Warsaw (Poland)

On 20-21 April 2017, the Research Team of the Project HEURIGHT held its second 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. 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.

Programme and abstracts.

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Final programme confirmed: HEURIGHT Conference ‘Cultural Heritage in the European Union: Legal Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges’, 20-21 April 2017, Warsaw (Poland)

We are pleased to announce the final programme of the second HEURIGHT Conference Cultural Heritage in the European Union: Legal Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges. The event, organised in cooperation with the Editorial Board of the Santander Art and Culture Law Review, will be held on 20-21 April 2017 at the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw (Poland). Its main objective is to present and debate the research already undertaken within the framework of the project. Accordingly, the conference aims to discuss how human rights guarantees in relation to cultural heritage are being understood and implemented in the European Union (EU) and in its neighbouring countries. Acknowledging the changing and often contested nature of the right to cultural heritage (or more precisely the right to access or enjoyment of cultural heritage), it will endeavour to map how this right’s evolving content affects the forms of protection, access to, and governance of cultural heritage, within the institutional, operational and legal structures of the EU. In particular, it will deal with the complex organizational and regulatory frameworks concerned with cultural heritage and human rights in place in the EU Members States, as well as their interaction, cross-fertilization, and possible overlaps.

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JPI Cultural Heritage Research Parade, 20-21 February 2017, Brussels

On 20-21 February 2017, Francesca Fiorentini and Andrzej Jakubowski, two Principal Investigators of the Project HEURIGHT participated in the JPI Cultural Heritage Research Parade. The event, hosted by the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) in Brussels, Belgium, was organized by the Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage, in order to put into perspective and present results of projects granted through the two joint calls. The Parade was intended to give a fresh impetus to research applied to Cultural Heritage, by exploiting and foreseeing impact of most recent research results under the Joint Programming Initiative Cultural Heritage.

For more, see the JPI website.

HEURIGHT overview PowerPoint presentation: HEURIGHT14 SLIDE JPICH_PARADE 2017

HEURIGHT Conference ‘Cultural Heritage in the European Union: Legal Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges’, 20-21 April 2017, Warsaw (Poland)

We are pleased to announce the programme of the second HEURIGHT Conference Cultural Heritage in the European Union: Legal Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges. The event, organised in cooperation with the Editorial Board of the Santander Art and Culture Law Review, will be held on 20-21 April 2017 at the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw (Poland). Its main objective is to present and debate the research already undertaken within the framework of the project. Accordingly, the conference aims to discuss how human rights guarantees in relation to cultural heritage are being understood and implemented in the European Union (EU) and in its neighbouring countries. Acknowledging the changing and often contested nature of the right to cultural heritage (or more precisely the right to access or enjoyment of cultural heritage), it will endeavour to map how this right’s evolving content affects the forms of protection, access to, and governance of cultural heritage, within the institutional, operational and legal structures of the EU. In particular, it will deal with the complex organizational and regulatory frameworks concerned with cultural heritage and human rights in place in the EU Members States, as well as their interaction, cross-fertilization, and possible overlaps.

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Registration: heuright@gmail.com

Save the date: Cultural Heritage in the European Union: Legal Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges, 20-21 April 2017, Warsaw (Poland)

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On 20-21 April 2017, the Research Team of the project HEURIGHT The Right to Cultural Heritage Its Protection and Enforcement through Cooperation in the European Union, a project co-financed by the European Commission (JPI Heritage Plus – Horizon 2020) is organising, in cooperation with the Editorial Board of the Santander Art and Culture Law Review, an international conference entitled ‘Cultural Heritage in the European Union: Legal Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges’. Its main objective is to present and debate the research already undertaken within the framework of the project. Accordingly, the conference aims to discuss how human rights guarantees in relation to cultural heritage are being understood and implemented in the European Union (EU) and in its neighbouring countries. Acknowledging the changing and often contested nature of the right to cultural heritage (or more precisely the right to access or enjoyment of cultural heritage), it will endeavour to map how this right’s evolving content affects the forms of protection, access to, and governance of cultural heritage, within the institutional, operational and legal structures of the EU. In particular, it will deal with the complex organizational and regulatory frameworks concerned with cultural heritage and human rights in place in the EU Members States, as well as their interaction, cross-fertilization, and possible overlaps.

The event will be hosted by the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.

The first keynote speech will be given by Krzysztof Pomian, a philosopher and historian specialising in the socio-cultural history of France, Italy, and Poland. He is the director of research emeritus at the Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris and professor of the history of culture at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland. He also serves as chair of the Scientific Committee of the Museum of Europe in Brussels and as an editorial adviser to the journal Le Débat.

The second keynote speech will be offered by Adam Bodnar, Poland’s  current Commissioner for Human Rights (elected in 2015). In 2004 – 2015 Adam Bodnar worked for the Helsinki Foundation of Human Rights, first as a co-founder and coordinator of Precedent Cases Programme and then as the head of the legal department and vice-president of the Management Board. He is also an expert in the Agency of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. In 2013-2014 Bodnar was a member of the board of directors of the United Nations Fund for Victims of Torture.

Detailed programme, conference abstracts and biograms of the speakers and chairs of specific panels will be available soon at:

www.heuright.eu and www.artandculturelaw.ukw.edu.pl//jednostka/art_and_culture.

Registration: heuright@gmail.com

Open lecture, 7 December 2016, University of Fine Arts in Poznań (Poland)

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logo-uapOn 7 December 2016, Andrzej Jakubowski, Principal Investigator of the Polish research team, held an open lecture at the University of Fine Arts in Poznań, Poland (UAP). The lecture addressed the theme of community participation in cultural governance and justice.

The UAP is the institutional leader of the international consortium of the Project HEURIGHT. The prime purpose of the event was to promote and disseminate the research conducted by the  Project’s members within the diverse, interdisciplinary academic community of Poznań.

Seminar ‘Culture Heritage, Justice and Human Rights’, 16 November 2016, University of Trieste

logo_units_nuovoOn 16 November 2016, the research team of the Project HEURIGHT held a special seminar for postgradual and doctoral students at the Department of Legal, Language, Interpreting and Translation Studies, University of Triest. The seminar discussed the topic of culture heritage from the angle of international justice and enforcement and enhancement of human rights, including cultural rights. An introductory talk was given by Andrzej Jakubowski.

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Rijeka Lectures in Comparative Law, 14 November 2016, Faculty of Law of the University of Rijeka (Croatia)

rijekaOn 14 November, Francesca Fiorentini and Andrzej Jakubowski (Principal Investigators of the Project HEURIGHT) presented their ongoing research at the University of Rijeka within the programme Rijeka Lectures in Comparative Law. The programme is jointly organised by the Faculty of Law of the University of Rijeka and Croatian Comparative Law Association. The programme offers a scientific community forum and invites speakers from around the world to present their research results and discuss current developments in the field of comparative law.

In her talk, Francesca Fiorentini addressed the complexity of the notions of ‘national treasures’ and ‘cultural exception’ in the legal instrumentarium of the European Union. In particular, she referred to recent legal developments in the area of free movement of goods and highlighted the changing concept of ‘national treasures’ in light of the regime introduced by the Directive 2014/60/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on the return of cultural objects unlawfully removed from the territory of a Member State and amending Regulation (EU) No 1024/2012. In turn, the lecture by Andrzej Jakubowski dealt with the enforcement of cultural rights, in their individual and collective dimensions. It intended to reconstruct the normative and doctrinal foundations of access cultural justice as a human right, tested against international and domestic practices of cultural governance. In such a guise, it defined the concept of cultural justice, seen through the prism of the concept of procedural justice, as fairness and promotion of organizational and institutional changes built on the principles of participation, voice, and transparency. Both lectures also referred to the research currently being performed within the Project HEURIGHT. The event was chaired and moderated by Professor Budislav Vukas from the Faculty of Law of the University of Rijeka.

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Territorial Transfers and Cultural Heritage, Guest Lecture, 9 November 2016, Casa Tartini, Piran (Slovenia)

jakubowski-piran2016On 9 November 2016, Andrzej Jakubowski held a guest lecture entitled ‘Gli effetti giuridici dei trasferimenti territoriali sulla protezione del patrimonio culturale e sulla attuazione dei diritti culturali – l’esempio di Pirano e dei suoi beni culturali [Legal Effects of Territorial Transfers on the Protection of Cultural Heritage and Realisation of Cultural Rights – the Example of Piran and Its Cultural Treasures]’, at the Museum Casa Tartini in Piran, Slovenia. The event was organised by the Association Comunità degli Italiani di Pirano ‘Casa Tartini’, an Italian community in Slovenia.

The lecture dealt with the controversial question of territorial and cultural pertinence of almost 100 works of art from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries by the most prominent artists of the Republic of Venice such as: Benedetto and Vittorio Carpaccio, Cima da Conegliano, Alvise Vivarini, Jacopo Palma il Giovane, and Giambattista Tiepolo. Until 1940–1941, these treasures had been preserved in three coastline municipalities of Italian Istria: Koper (Capodistria), Piran (Pirano), and Izola (Isola), known now as the Slovenian Littoral or Primorska. In 1940, before the war with Yugoslavia, Italian authorities decided to evacuate the most valuable works of art from their eastern borders, including objects from the churches and museums of Istria. The removal, ordered for preservation reasons, was done in conformity with domestic Italian legislation and was approved by local and church administrations. In the beginning, the objects were gathered at a collection point in the province of Udine. In 1943, some were returned to the owners, for example, a priceless group of paintings from Saint Anne’s Church and Monastery in Koper. The majority of the works of art evacuated from the Slovenian Littoral were, however, sent to Rome where they remained sealed in wooden crates for the next 6- years. In 2005–2006, some of these objects were exhibited at the Revoltella Museum in Trieste. As a result of post-Second World War decisions, the Istrian peninsula became part of the territory of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY). However, the allocation of Istria’s jewels has never been settled. After the dissolution of Yugoslavia, Slovenia—one of the SFRY successors states—asked for the return of the evacuated objects to the places where they had been commissioned and from which they had been taken. The issue has not been settled and some of the paintings are now displayed in the Museum Sartorio in Trieste (Italy).

The lecture, while addressing this international controversy in light of treaty law in force, emphasized the significance of human rights considerations, particularly the role of community participation in solving cultural heritage disputes.

The event was moderated by Andrea Bartole, Vice-President of the  Association Comunità degli Italiani di Pirano ‘Casa Tartini’.

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An interview at Radio Capodistria is already available online.

A TV interview is available here: ‘Tuttoggi’ of 10 November 2016.

Images of some of the contested objects can be found here.

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