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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