November 3, 2016


On 27 and 28 October 2016, the HEURIGHT Research Consortium held a meeting in London, at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. The meeting kicked off on the afternoon of Thursday 27th, with a discussion between Dr Damien Helly (European Centre for Development Policy Management) and the rest of the HEURIGHT Consortium to discuss our working papers regarding cultural heritage in the EU.

This internal discussion was followed by a public seminar entitled ‘Enforcing the Right to Cultural Heritage’; see the event programme.

During this two-hour seminar, members of HEURIGHT had the opportunity to present the current status of their research to an engaged audience of lawyers, cultural heritage professionals and academics working in the field. The first speaker, Dr Andrzej Jakubowski (Assistant Professor at the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw)), discussed cultural heritage from the perspective of human rights law, focusing on the practice of regional European human rights institutions. Dr Hanna Schreiber (Adjunct Professor at the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw) then presented on intangible cultural heritage, in the context of the ten years’ anniversary of the entry into force of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Dr Damien Helly (Deputy Head of Programme Strengthening European External Action at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)) then provided his thoughts on the role of cultural heritage within the EU’s external action. Dr Paola Monaco (post-doc fellow at the Law Faculty at the University of Trieste) explained the functioning of the UNESCO Culture for Development Indicators (CDIS). Richard Scott (Research Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law) closed the formal presentations with a discussion regarding the potential impact of Brexit on cultural heritage in the UK. The event, which was chaired by Kristin Hausler (Dorset Senior Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law), concluded with a lively debate with the audience on the topic.

A full report of this public event will be available shortly on this website.

The two-day meeting for the teams continued on Friday, with discussions covering the research conducted so far by the various teams, as well as the planning of the various activities for the end of 2016 and the year ahead. On third day (Saturday) Consortium members visited selected collections of the British Museum and National Gallery in London.

See more on the BIICL website.

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