This course is the first of two dedicated to this topic. It is intended to introduce students to the major institutions and some of the major normative texts that regulate and guide the protection of cultural heritage at the international level. Students will also learn about the hierarchy of sources of law, the differences between binding and soft laws and the concept of statehood and territoriality. The course will focus in detail two of UNESCO’s main conventions in this field (on World Heritage, on intangible cultural heritage). Besides UNESCO, international organizations for the protection of cultural heritage (ICOMOS, ICOM, ICCROM) and of archaeological heritage will be studied. Through examples we shall also look briefly into how national legislations care for cultural heritage. The teaching is tailored to students without a background in law and to the needs of cultural heritage professionals.
Instructors: József Laszlovszky, Tamás Fejérdy, Boldizsár Nagy, Eszter Csonka Takács, Katalin Wollák