On 23 June 2021, Ms Marina Schneider, Principal Legal Officer and Treaty Depositary at UNIDROIT, participated in the 2021 edition of the Summerschool of the Art-Law Centre and the UNESCO Chair in the International Law of the Protection of Cultural Heritage of the University of Geneva.
Together with Ms Zeynep Boz, Head of Department at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums Department of Combating Illicit Trafficking of the Republic of Turkey, they presented “the fight against the illicit trafficking through national laws and international instruments”.
The Summerschool aims to develop the students’ awareness and general understanding of the main substantive themes of international cultural heritage law, namely: the trade in cultural objects; the restitution of stolen or looted artworks; the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict. UNIDROIT participated in the 2021 edition as an activity of its UNIDROIT Convention Academic Project (UCAP).
Education is a key tool in protecting cultural property and combating illicit traffic and UCAP is meant to increase the awareness and knowledge about the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects as its main objective is to promote a favourable legal environment for restitution and return of stolen or illegally exported cultural objects through knowledge sharing and dissemination. UCAP also provides an opportunity to assess the significance, the distinctive features and operational aspects of the 1995 Convention and its interaction with other regional and international instruments.
The presentation was divided into three parts, a short introduction on interaction between national laws and international instruments, a practical presentation of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property by Ms Boz and a presentation of the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects by Ms Schneider, with a lively interaction with the participating students.
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