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


‘Building bridges between the 1972 and 2003 Conventions…’, 10 July 2017, Kraków (Poland)

On 10 July 2017 the research team of the Project HEURIGHT co-organized the debate ‘Building bridges between the 1972 and 2003 Conventions: Challenges for the Future’. The event, launched within the broader framework of the 41. Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, was held on in Krakow (Poland) at the International Cultural Centre (MCK). Its aim was to explore and discuss the differences and similarities between the two UNESCO Conventions, both in the normative and practical context of protection.

The confirmed discussants who participated in the event included:

The debate was organized and moderated by Hanna Schreiber (Polish Intangible Heritage Board/University of Warsaw), member of HEURIGHT research team, and Katarzyna Zalasińska (Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage/University of Warsaw).

See the event flyer: Building bridges 1972-2003.

More information can be found here.

Photogallery: Building Bridges 2017-photo collage.


Invitation: ‘Building bridges between the 1972 and 2003 Conventions…’, 10 July 2017, Kraków (Poland)

The research team of the Project HEURIGHT wishes to invite everyone interested to participate in the discussion ‘Building bridges between the 1972 and 2003 Conventions: Challenges for the Future’, to be held on 10 July 2017, at 07:00-09:00 pm, in Krakow (Poland) at the International Cultural Centre (MCK). The aim of this meeting, organized as a side event of the 41. Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, is to debate the differences and similarities between the two UNESCO Conventions, both in the normative and practical context of protection. The participants will have an opportunity to discuss the challenges faced by UNESCO and states parties to both conventions as well as groups, communities and individuals perceiving their tangible and intangible heritage as one, vital part of identity and a point of reference for socio-cultural practices.

See the invitation Building bridges 1972-2003.

For more info, please contact Hanna Schreiber:

Courts, Power and Public Law, 5-7 July 2017, Copenhagen (Denmark)

On 5-7 July 2017, Mateusz Bieczyński and Andrzej Jakubowski (Polish research team), participated in the conference ‘Courts, Power and Public Law’, held by the International Society of Public Law at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). With Kalliopi Chainoglou (University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki) and Charlotte Woodhead (University of Warwick) they organized a panel entitled ‘Enforcing Cultural Rights – Current Challenges and Future Perspectives’.
The panel addressed diverse issues relating to the enhancement and enforcement of human cultural rights in the practice of judicial and quasi-judicial bodies in Europe.

Full conference programme.