‘The Return of Cultural Objects within the European Union – Implementing the Directive 2014/60/EU’, 21-22 March 2016, Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw

2016_03_21-22_WARSAW_fot_HEURIGHT-99This week the Research Team of the Project HEURIGHT and Editorial Board of the Santander Art and Culture Law Review (SAACLR) hosted their first international conference ‘The Return of Cultural Objects within the European Union – Implementing the Directive 2014/60/EU’. The event was held at the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw (Poland) on Monday March 21st and Tuesday March 22nd, 2016.

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The conference report will be posted shortly, while the papers presented and debated at the conference will be published in the Santander Art & Culture Law Review 2016 vol. 2, issue 2. The Research Team of the project HEURIGHT and SAACLR Editorial Board also invite anyone interested to contribute with a paper, which would cover the topic of the movement of cultural objects (export, import and return) in relation to the EU. Our interest is first of all in papers that explore the current status of the implementation of Directive 2014/60/EU in the respective national legal systems of the EU Member States. We are also interested in contributions which analyze the interlinkages between this new Directive, other relevant EU legislation, such as Regulation (EC) No 116/2009, and international instruments, in particular the 1995 Unidroit Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects and the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. Additionally, we welcome papers that address the issue of cross-border cooperation directed against illicit trafficking in cultural materials, both within the EU and with respect to other international organizations, private actors and NGOs. Furthermore, we invite conceptual papers that extend beyond the analysis of the EU legal framework for the movement of cultural objects, by offering original interpretations and proposals de lege ferenda concerning the prospects for and perspectives of the EU legislation and practice in the area of movable cultural heritage. Accordingly, we encourage submissions that focus on the following topics (please note that this list of topics is not exhaustive):

  • Protection of national treasures in the EU Single Market;
  • Implementation and perspectives on the functioning of Directive 2014/60/EU;
  • Directive 2014/60/EU and Regulation (EC) No 116/2009;
  • Directive 2014/60/EU, the 1970 UNESCO and the 1995 Unidroit Conventions;
  • Private international law aspects of the return of cultural objects in the EU;
  • Import and export of cultural objects and the EU common customs area;
  • The EU’s role in protecting and safeguarding cultural objects against war and terrorism (prevention, control and safe havens);
  • Detection and prosecution of art crimes in the EU;
  • Cooperation within the EU, including the exchange of information, digital services, and online databases;
  • Cooperation between the EU, other international organizations, private actors and NGOs in matters related to the protection of movable cultural heritage.

Full Call for Papers.

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Registration is closed – ‘The Return of Cultural Objects within the European Union – Implementing the Directive 2014/60/EU’, 21-22 March 2016

We would like to notify that the registration of the participants to the conference ‘The Return of Cultural Objects within the European Union – Implementing the Directive 2014/60/EU’ has been closed. The event will be held at the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw (Poland) on Monday March 21st and Tuesday March 22nd, 2016.

Papers presented at the conference will be published in the Santander Art & Culture Law Review 2016 vol. 2, issue 2.

‘Destruction of Cultural Heritage: Contextualizing the human rights aspect with a view to prevention or mitigation’, UN Human Rights Council, 29 February 2016

indeksOn 29 February 2016, Kristin Hausler participated in a high level panel entitled ‘Destruction of Cultural Heritage: Contextualizing the human rights aspect with a view to prevention or mitigation’ at the United Nations in Geneva. This panel, which took place on the first day of the 31st session of the Human Rights Council, was chaired by Patricia O’Brien, the Under-Secretary for Legal Affairs. Other speakers included Yury Fedotov (Executive Director UNODC), Alexandros N. Zenon (Deputy Foreign Minister of Cyprus), Ioannis Amanatidis (Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece), and Karima Bennoune (UN Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights). Kristin discussed the role of international human rights law with regard to the destruction of cultural heritage, highlighting the shortcomings of the applicable international law framework, including the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its Second Protocol, as well as the 1977 Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions. During this session of the Human Rights Council, a joint statement on this issue will be presented by a cross-regional core group of states, an initiative which is being led by Cyprus.

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Invitation: ‘The Return of Cultural Objects within the European Union – Implementing the Directive 2014/60/EU’, 21-22 March 2016, Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw

The Research Team of the Project HEURIGHT and Editorial Board of the Santander Art and Culture Law Review are pleased to announce their first international conference ‘The Return of Cultural Objects within the European Union – Implementing the Directive 2014/60/EU’. The event will be held at the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw (Poland) on Monday March 21st and Tuesday March 22nd, 2016. It aims to debate the foundations, implementing process and future functioning of 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. It also seeks to discuss this new EU instrument for the return of unlawfully exported cultural objects within the broader system of protection applicable to national treasures. In particular, it should explore the relation between the Directive 2014/60/EU and the EC Regulation 116/2009 vis-à-vis other legal instruments regulating the circulation of cultural objects in Europe, including the 1970 UNESCO Convention and the 1995 Unidroit Convention. In addition, the evolving EU regime will be discussed in the context of international trade in cultural material, by analyzing the approaches taken by cultural heritage law scholars, as well as art market specialists and policy and law enforcement experts. Hence, the conference is designed to clarify the reform of the EU system for the return of cultural objects unlawfully removed from the territory of a Member State and analyze it within the wider context of international trade and cultural heritage. Papers presented at the conference will be published in the Santander Art & Culture Law Review 2016 vol. 2, issue 2.

If you wish to attend, please register by March 11th, 2016 at heuright@gmail.com.

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Save the date: international conference ‘The Return of Cultural Objects within the European Union – Implementing the Directive 2014/60/EU’, Warsaw, 21-22 March 2016

flagaThe Research Team of the project HEURIGHT and Editorial Board of the Santander Art and Culture Law Review are pleased to announce their joint conference ‘The Return of Cultural Objects within the European Union – Implementing the Directive 2014/60/EU’, 21-22 March 2016, Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw.

The aim of this conference is to debate the foundations, implementing process and future functioning of 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. It also seeks to discuss this new EU instrument for the return of unlawfully exported cultural objects within the broader system of protection applicable to national treasures. In particular, it should explore the relation between the Directive 2014/60/EU and the EC Regulation 116/2009 vis-à-vis other legal instruments regulating the circulation of cultural objects in Europe, including the 1970 UNESCO Convention and the 1995 Unidroit Convention. In addition, the evolving EU regime will be discussed in the context of international trade in cultural material, by analyzing the approaches taken by cultural heritage law scholars, art market and police experts.
Hence, the conference is designed to clarify the reform of the EU system for the return of cultural objects unlawfully removed from the territory of a Member State and analyze it within the wider context of international trade and cultural heritage.

The final programme will be posted shortly.

Harry Weinrebe Annual Memorial Lecture – ‘The Protection of Cultural Property, the Maintenance of International Peace and Security, and Public International Law’ 30th November 2015, London

PaarNssK_400x400On 30 November 2015, Prof. Roger O’Keefe gave a lecture entitled ‘The Protection of Cultural Property, the Maintenance of International Peace and Security, and Public International Law’ at the Institute of International and Comparative Law in London. This was the second lecture in an annual series to honour the memory of Harry Weinrebe, a philanthropist and the founder of the Dorset Foundation. The series is focused on the protection of international peace and justice, values that were at heart of Mr Weinrebe’s humanitarian activities.

In the hour-long talk, Prof. O’Keefe explained that the destruction and misappropriation of cultural property and its illicit traffic and sale, in particular by powerful non-state groups, came increasingly to be viewed by states and international bodies from the perspective of the maintenance of international peace and security. In such a context, he examined recent and potential international legal developments in this direction and reflected on the promise and pitfalls of such an approach for the preservation of humanity’s cultural heritage.

The event was convened by convened by Kristin Hausler, Dorset Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law, and Principal Investigator of the project HEURIGHT.

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