UNIDROIT’ lecture on Art & Cultural Heritage Law at Fahrenheit Universities in Gdańsk

On 20 May 2024, UNIDROIT was invited to give a lecture (on-line, in English) on ART & CULTURAL HERITAGE LAW at the Fahrenheit Universities (University of Gdańsk – Gdańsk University of Technology – Medical University of Gdańsk – https://faru.edu.pl/en) by Prof. dr hab. Kamil Zeidler, Chair of the Department of Theory and Philosophy of the State and Law, Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Gdańsk. Prof. Zeidler is also a partner of the UNIDROIT Convention Academic Project.

After a short presentation by Prof. Zeidler, the session was chaired by Ms Paula Chmielowsk from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Gdańsk and Ms Marina Schneider, Principal Legal officer and Treaty Depositary at UNIDROIT presented UNIDROIT’s instruments to fight against illicit trafficking in cultural property and the new Working Group on Orphan Objects, with a focus on Poland. The online lecture was also open for public from outside the University and was followed by an animated Q & A session.

This presentation was part of a series of lectures on art and law, the last of which taking place on 10 June 2024:


04.08.2024. Prof. dr Matthias Weller

(University of Bonn, Germany)

Nazi-looted art
04.15.2024. Alexander Herman

(Director of the Institute of Art and Law, UK)

The Parthenon Marbles dispute: Heritage, law, politics
04.22.2024. Dr Jihon Kim

(Korean National Commission for UNESCO, Korea; Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, USA)

Heritage Wars: The conflicts among East Asian countries for UNESCO nominations
04.29.2024. Prof. dr Elina Moustaria

(National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)

Cultural objects as expression of the identity of people
05.06.2024. Dr Marie-Sophie de Clippele

(Université catholoque de Louvain, Saint-Louis Bruxelles, Belgian)

Dealing with colonial heritage, Belgian and international perspectives


05.13.2024. Irina Tarsis, Esq.

(Center for Art Law, NYC, USA)

Art law  
05.20.2024. Marina Schneider (UNIDROIT, Rome, Italy) UNIDROIT’s instruments to fight against illicit trafficking in cultural property and the new Working Group in Orphan Objects


Dr Andrzej Jakubowski (Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw, Poland) The UN agenda for the return or restitution of cultural property:  Revisiting the role and practice of the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation (ICPRCP)
06.03.2024. Prof. dr Lars van Vliet

(Maastricht University, Netherlands)

Prof. dr Jeroen van der Weide

(Leiden University, Netherlands)

Dutch judgment in the Crimean Treasures
06.10.2024. Prof. dr Alicja Jagielska-Burduk

(University of Opole, UNESCO Chair on Cultural Property Law, Poland)

Cultural heritage as a legal hybrid


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