Two Principal Investigators of the Project HEURIGHT, Kristin Hausler and Andrzej Jakubowski, participated in the international conference Intersections in International Cultural Heritage Law, organized by Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC (USA), on Tuesday March 29th and Wednesday March 30th, 2016. Kristin gave a paper entitled ‘The Protection of Cultural Heritage in Armed Conflict under Customary International Law’, while Andrzej presented with Dr. Karolina Wierczyńska (Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences) a joint contribution: ‘Cultural Heritage Crimes in the Sahara before the International Criminal Court: Lessons from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and Beyond’. The papers presented and debated at the conference will be included in a collective volume, edited by Prof. Anne-Marie Carstens and Prof. Elizabeth Varner.
Full conference programme and speakers bios.
The second meeting of the research consortium’s members was held on 23-25 March 2016 in Warsaw, Poland.
The event was hosted by the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
This 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.
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.
On 7-9 March 2016 Prof. Francesca Fiorentini and Dr. Paola Monaco (Italian Team) visited the Matica Srpska Gallery, the Matica Srpska Library, and the Faculty of Law in Novi Sad (Serbia) and the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade (Serbia). During this visit, they consulted their current research within the HEURIGHT Project with stakeholders and scientific experts on the Balkan countries.
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.
On 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In January 2016, Mateusz Bieczyński, a member of the Polish Team, made a series of queries in the libraries in Berlin. His current research addresses the issue of the right to cultural heritage in the EU jurisprudence.
On 31 January 2015, the transnational research consortium of the Project HEURIGHT submitted to the coordinator of the Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage (JPI CH) an annual progress report for the year 2015.