On 18-19 March 2018, Kristin Hausler and Andrzej Jakubowski participated in the annual, transdisciplinary conference of the Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH) organized together with the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht. The conference entitled ‘Crossing Borders in Arts & Heritage’ explored the challenges we encounter when arts and heritage cross geographical borders today or which persist because of past cross-border movements.
For more information about the programme and papers given by the member of the HEURIGHT Project see the website of the Maastricht University.
The HEURIGHT public seminar “Cultural Heritage, Cultural Rights and the European Union” took place on 13 March 2018 at the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Staszic Palace in Warsaw. It gathered more than forty participants from Poland, Italy, Norway and United Kingdom, including scholars, representatives of public institutions, doctoral candidates and graduate students. The main objective was to present the research findings of the project and its major outputs. The seminar also addressed current legal and policy challenges faced by the European Union in light of the agenda of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, and discussed the EU research programmes and initiatives within HORIZON2020, coordinated by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and National Institute for Museums and Public Collections. Finally, the experiences of the instutional leader of the HEURIGHT international consortium, the University of Fine Arts in Poznań, were debated.
Public seminar 13 March 2018 Warsaw.
On 15 February-4 March 2018, Andrzej Jakubowski, the leader of the Project HEURIGHT, went a mission to Florence in Italy. He researched in the Library of the European University Institute – one of the leading centres in Europe to study EU law and policy, human rights and cultural heritage law.
On 1-2 March, Professor Mauro Bussani from the Italian Team participated a meeting ‘Inexécution et justifications – le pouvoir d’expression actuelle du droit continental’ [Failure and justification – the current power of expression of continental law], organized by the Romanian Group of the Association Henri Capitant des amis de la culture juridique francaise, at the Faculty of Law of the University of Bucharest and the Franco-Romanian Legal College of European Studies. This mission also served to discuss futher developments of the Project HEURIGHT.
We are pleased to inform that the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission has awarded the HEURIGHT Public Seminar “Cultural Heritage, Cultural Rights & the European Union” (Warsaw, 13 March 2018; Programme Warsaw-HEURIGHT-13March2018) the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (EYCH) label. Our initiative has been assessed as contributing to the achievement of one or more of the objectives of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, as endorsed by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU in Article 2 of the legal decision calling for the EYCH.
Throughout 2018, European societies will celebrate their diverse cultural heritage across Europe – at EU, national, regional and local level. The aim of the EYCH is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe’s cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space.
The slogan for the year is: “Our heritage: where the past meets the future”.
The EYCH will see a series of initiatives and events across Europe to enable people to become closer to and more involved with their cultural heritage.
For more info consult the EYCH’s online platform and websites of national coordinators.
If you wish to attend our HEURIGHT Public Seminar, please register by March 5, 2018 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In February 2018, Francesca Fiorentini conducted research on the Project HEURIGHT at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany. This helped for the conclusion of the report on Cultural Heritage in the EU’s Common Commercial Policy, which will be published together with the other EU law reports in the Project’s website in Summer 2018.
In February, Paola Monaco also went a research mission. She worked at the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL) in Vienna (Austria) on the application of tort law remedies to the restitution of cultural goods and on law and development.
On 13 March 2018, the Research Team of the project HEURIGHT – The Right to Cultural Heritage – Its Protection and Enforcement through Cooperation in the European Union is organizing an international seminar, entitled “Cultural Heritage, Cultural Rights and the European Union”. The core aim of this event is to present the research findings of the project and its major outputs. The seminar will also address current legal and policy challenges faced by the European Union in light of the agenda of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.
The event will be held at the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Staszic Palace in Warsaw.
See Programme Warsaw-HEURIGHT-13March2018.
If you wish to attend, please register by March 5, 2018 at email@example.com.
Wolters Kluwer Poland has just published a chapter by Mateusz Bieczyński (from the Polish team), entitled ‘Prawo do dziedzictwa kulturowego w prawie Unii Europejskiej [The Right to Cultural Heritage in the Law of the European Union]’, in the volume Prawo wobec kultury i sztuki [Law in relation to Culture and the Arts] (Wolters Kluwer 2017), edited by J. Sobczak, K. Chałubińska-Jentkiewicz, K. Kakareko.
The book presents the challenges faced by the legal regulation in the sphere of culture and the arts. The authors raise the issues of ethics, cultural heritage management, cultural policy, digitization and access to cultural heritage, and describe selected more specific problems, such as the promotion of culture and the arts, or taxation of artists.
Kristin Hausler, a head of the British HEURIGHT team, has just published a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on cultural heritage after Brexit, which discusses: the current EU framework for the movement of cultural goods, the benefits of the current system, what happens after Brexit, as well as the potential future arrangements between the UK and the EU. This FAQ is intended to present a very short outline of the main issues relating to cultural heritage post-Brexit, with a particular focus on the movement of cultural goods.
It can be accessed at the BIICL website.
On 14 December 2017, the International Journal of Cultural Property published an article co-authored by Marina Lostal (Hague University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands), Kristin Hausler (BIICL and a member of the HEURIGHT team) and Pascal Bongard (Head of the Policy and Legal Unit at Geneva Call, Switzerland), entitled “Armed Non-State Actors and Cultural Heritage in Armed Conflict”.
This article presents the preliminary findings of a scoping study that Geneva Call is conducting to understand the existing dynamics between armed non-state actors (ANSAs) and cultural heritage. Geneva Call is a Swiss-based nongovernmental organization dedicated to promoting the respect of international humanitarian law by ANSAs. The study centres on three case studies—Syria, Iraq, and Mali—on which information has been obtained through desk and field research, interviews with ANSAs operating in those countries, and with leading organizations committed to the protection of cultural heritage, globally or regionally. The article first maps the various attitudes of ANSAs toward cultural heritage, highlighting both positive and negative examples from current practices. Then it analyzes the response of specialized organizations to the impact of ANSAs on cultural heritage and their level of engagement with these actors on cultural heritage issues. Finally, the conclusion offers some tentative recommendations to enhance the respect of cultural heritage by ANSAs in non-international armed conflicts.