Innovative legislation, policies and ICT tools for Forget Heritage, 12 September 2017, Bydgoszcz (Poland)

On 12 September 2017, two Principal Investigators of the Project HEURIGHT, Kristin Hausler and Andrzej Jakubowski, participated in the conference titled ‘Innovative legislation, policies and ICT tools for Forget Heritage’, organized by the City of Bydgoszcz (Poland). The conference was organized within the framework of the international project FORGET HERITAGE (titled ‘Innovative, replicable and sustainable Private Public Cooperation management models of the abandoned historical sites by setting up Cultural and Creative Industries’). The main aim of the project is promoting cooperation between European cities in order to identify innovative, replicable and sustainable management models of the historical sites by valorising them through setting up cultural and creative companies.

See full programme.

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.

Intangible Cultural Heritage in Nature: Spaces, Resources and Practices, 7-9 September 2017, Riga (Latvia)

Hanna Schreiber, from Polish research team, took part in the ICH seminar in Riga (Latvia), organized by dr Anita Vaivade, UNESCO Chair on Intangible Cultural Heritage Policy and Law within the framework of the project OSMOSE, 7-9.09, titled: ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage in Nature: Spaces, Resources and Practices’. The seminar hosted researchers from Latvia, France, United States, Lithuania, Estonia, Iceland and Poland. First day of the seminar was held in Salacgriva, within the natural bioreserve, the only biosphere reserve in Latvia, covering the 60-kilometer long Vidzeme shoreline of the Gulf of Riga and broad territories of North Vidzeme region, including one of the biggest areas of raised bogs in the Baltic states, as well as the largest area of littoral or randu meadows in Latvia. The second day, in the format of an open conference took place in the Latvian Academy of Culture in Riga. Hanna Schreiber discussed the issues related to the implementation of the 2003 UNESCO Convention into national legislation, she presented an example of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a site inscribed on the World Heritage List, due to its intangible importance. She also addressed problems related to building bridges between 1972 and 2003 Conventions.

Folk Art, 6 September 2017, Lublin (Poland)

Member of our team, Hanna Schreiber gave an opening speech on the Polish Culture Conference on folk art, that was held in Lublin, on 6th September 2017, in the Centre for the Meeting with Cultures. The title of her speech was: ‘The Protection of Folk Creators in Europe and in the World: Comparative View on 10 Countries’. She also moderated the first panel, hosting as speakers Professor Sławomir Ratajski, Secretary General of the Polish UNESCO National Committee and Adam Jankiewicz, a constitutional lawyer and expert in heritage matters.
The Conference was opened by Wanda Zwinogrodzka, Vice-minister of Culture, and is a part of nation-wide consultations with diverse groups: researchers, NGO representatives, local communities and folk artists on the foreseen ammendments in the legal regulations protecting culture, cultural acitivities and cultural heritage in Poland.
See conference site.

New HEURIGHT publication by Kristin Hausler and Richard Mackenzie-Gray Scott

We are pleased to announce that our new HEURIGHT paper, authored by Kristin Hausler and Richard Mackenzie-Gray Scott, entitled ‘Outside the Debate? The Potential Impact of Brexit for Cultural Heritage in the UK’ has just been published in the prestigious Art Antiquity and Law, Volume XXII, Issue 2, July 2017, pp. 101-117.



Following the European Union (EU) referendum of 24 June 2016, the EU Single Market has been the key talking point, with trade deals, investment partnerships and Schengen being the other main points of discussion. Cultural heritage, which refers to all forms of tangible and intangible culture that have been inherited from past generations, has so far been left outside this debate. This article provides an objective assessment of the risks posed to this heritage in the UK if it is no longer part of the EU, and the factors that the UK will need to consider as it negotiates its exit from the EU. In particular, it considers the legislation and funding streams that the UK benefits from as an EU Member State, which Brexit puts in jeopardy.

European Summer School on Methods and Techniques in Social Sciences, Budapest (Hungary)

Hanna Schreiber took part in the European Summer School on Methods and Techniques in Social Sciences, organized by the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) in Budapest at the premises of the Central European University (CEU), 29 July – 5 August 2017.

She took part in a one week course titled ‘Epxerts Interviews’, taught by Alenka Jelen-Sanchez, combining the training with the research on heritage matters in the CEU Library in Budapest.


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


19. International Seminar ‘Kust und Recht (Art&Law)’, 7-9 July 2017, Cologne (Germany)

On 7-9 July 2017, Mateusz Bieczyński, from the Polish research team, participated in the 19. International Seminar ‘Kunst und Recht (Art&Law)’. The Seminar is an annual event. It is chaired by Professor Kurt Siehr, one of the leading experts in art and cultural heritage law worldwide, and gathers scholars and practitioners primarily dealing with private law aspects of cultural heritage management and governance. It also constitutes a place of discussion and exchange of ideas between doctoral and postdoctoral law researchers. This year, the Seminar was held at the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum – Cultures of the World, a famous museum for anthropology in Cologne. The museum is devoted to the dissemination of aspects of non-European history, culture and art in a wide- ranging programme of exhibitions and events.

Mateusz Bieczyński presented some of the key aspects of his research undertaken within the Project HEURIGHT regarding the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice and European Court of Human Rights in cases involving cultural heritage.



Full programme of the event: Programme-Kunst-und-Recht_2017.



Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum

Photo: Taimas Ahangari