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.

Cultural Heritage in Danger: Illicit Trafficking, Armed Conflicts and Cultural Diplomacy, 9 June 2017, Canterbury (UK)

On 9 June 2017, Kristin Hausler participated in the conference on Cultural Heritage in danger: illicit trafficking, armed conflicts and Cultural Diplomacy, at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, which was organised by the Center for Heritage, University of Kent. Her presentation focused on the EU’s diplomatic response to ‘cultural heritage in danger’, highlighting the two key areas in which the EU has taken initiatives in that regard, namely the combat of trafficking and the safeguarding of cultural heritage. She presented the three forms of actions through which the EU has addressed those issues: (1) legislation, with the two Council Regulations restricting the import of cultural goods from Iraq and Syria respectively;  (2) programmes and partnerships (whether focused on cultural heritage or including cultural heritage matters); and (3) financial support to other organisations, such as to UNESCO’s Action Plan for Syria with the funding of the Emergency Safeguarding of the Syrian Cultural Heritage project, which includes the Observatory of Syrian Cultural Heritage. She concluded by presenting ‘Towards an EU Strategy for international cultural relations’, a document which was adopted in June 2016, following the Preparatory Action on ‘Culture in EU External Relations’ (2013-2014). This strategy, which should be launched in 2018, the first European year of Cultural Heritage, focuses on cultural heritage in danger as it contains a number of specific actions to be implemented to combat trafficking and strengthened the protection of cultural heritage. With regard to trafficking, it includes a legislative proposal to regulate the import into the EU of cultural goods, based on the results of a recently launched study to identify gaps in national legislation, and measures associated with the Action Plan for strengthening the fight against terrorist financing. As for the safeguarding of cultural heritage, it includes actions aimed at sharing satellite imagery of cultural heritage sites at risk with, inter alia, UNESCO through the Copernicus Emergency Management Service, in order to evaluate damage and plan possible reconstruction, for example.

Full programme available at the University’s website.

Photos: Kristin Hausler (presenting) and Kristin with the conference’s keynote speaker Dr Artemis A. Papathanassiou (former Chair of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, Senior Legal Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece).

New HEURIGHT publication by Hanna Schreiber

We are pleased to announce that our new HEURIGHT paper, authored by Hanna Schreiber and entitled ‘Intangible cultural heritage and soft power – exploring the relationship’ has just been published in the International Journal of Intangible Heritage.


This article presents the ‘soft power’ concept (Joseph Nye) and explores its relationship with the concept of intangible cultural heritage. Its main points of reference are thus the UNESCO 2003 Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, as well as two chosen ‘soft power’ rankings: Soft Power 30 and the Elcano Global Presence Index. Member states of the European Union, as well as countries occupying important places in these rankings like the United States, the United Kingdom or China are of particular relevance. The author points out that a new kind of discourse has emerged alongside the ‘Authorised Heritage Discourse’ (Laurajane Smith) – the ‘Intangible Heritage Discourse’. She argues that UNESCO plays the role of an arbiter in both of these discourses, and subsequently analyses their possible impact on the position of particular countries in the ‘soft power’ rankings.