International Cultural Heritage Law
Applications are now closed.
The summer school is organized by the Art-Law Centre and the UNESCO Chair in the International Law of the Protection of Cultural Heritage of the University of Geneva, in collaboration with the University of Miami School of Law.
The summer school 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; the protection of the built heritage from natural and human-induced disasters; the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage and of the diversity of cultural expressions.
The lecturers will examine the legal instruments adopted by UNESCO and the United Nations, such as the ‘Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict’, the ‘Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property’, the ‘Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage’, and the ‘Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’.
In order to offer an up-to-date glance at international cultural heritage law, the lecturers will describe its complex relationship with other fields of law – namely general international law, human rights law, and intellectual property law – and with the issue of dispute settlement. Moreover, the lecturers will provide an overview of the different ideological positions of the relevant stakeholders and of the risks and liabilities in the art trade.
The summer course includes lectures at the University of Geneva and at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), as well as one field trip to one Swiss UNESCO World Heritage site, either the city of Berne or Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces.
The course welcomes applications from upper-year undergraduates,
master’s degree students and PhD candidates in law and all other
faculties, including art history, archaeology, sociology and anthropology.
Practitioners, non-specialists and art enthusiasts may also apply.
The summer school may earn you the equivalence of 3 ECTS credit points. Evaluation will be based on attendance, class participation and a presentation on the last day of the course.
Equivalence of 3 ECTS.
Students will be provided with a Certificate of Completion for their course if they satisfy attendance.
Please note that this is not an official University of Geneva transcript, as Geneva Summer Schools courses are not accredited University of Geneva courses. It is the students’ responsibility to validate their course for credit at their home university before commencing the summer school, as specified in our Regulations.
Please note: Changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.
Early Bird Deadline 15 February 2018:
Final Deadline 31 May 2018:
Special price for UNIGE students:
Three free places available for three UNIGE students. UNIGE students will be notified at the end of April.
CHF 200 for UNIGE students, starting from the fourth applicant
*Including 100 CHF non refundable administrative fees
The course will be taught by brilliant young scholars, renowned professors from various prestigious universities, as well as professionals from governmental agencies and international organizations. The University of Geneva staff comprises the team of the Art-Law Centre and of the UNESCO Chair in the International Law of the Protection of Cultural Heritage.
Professor Marc-André Renold
Faculty of Law
University of Geneva
Marc-André Renold (Dr. iur., LL.M.) studied at the Universities of Geneva and Basel in Switzerland and at Yale University in the United States.
He is Professor of art and cultural heritage law at the University of Geneva and the Director of its Art-Law Centre. He is also Attorney-at-law, Member of the Geneva Bar and is of counsel to a major Swiss- German law firm. His areas of practice are among others art and cultural heritage law, intellectual property and public and private international law. Marc-André Renold has been Visiting Professor at the Faculté Jean Monnet of the University of Paris Sud (2006-2007) and at the University of Lausanne (2008-2009). He has also lectured at the Hague Academy of International Law (Spring 2008) and the Institute for Mediterranean Heritage in Slovenia (summers of 2009 and 2010). He has been guest lecturer at the University Jean Moulin in Lyon, the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, as well as the Duke-Geneva Institute in Transnational Law.
He is the author or co-author of several publications in the field of international and comparative art and cultural heritage law and has been, since its inception, an editor of the “Studies in Art Law” series (25 volumes published to date). He is the co-editor and co-author of Culture, Art and Law: Swiss and International Law (2009), the leading Swiss handbook written in German on the law of art and culture.
Dr. Alessandro Chechi
UNESCO Chair Senior Researcher
University of Geneva
Alessandro Chechi (PhD European University Institute; LLM University College London; JD University of Siena) is a Senior Researcher and Teaching Assistant (maitre-assistant) at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva (Art-Law Centre). He is also lecturer in Public International Law at the Université Catholique of Lille (Faculty of Law), reporter for the “International Law in Domestic Courts” Oxford University Press project, and serves as a member of the editorial boards of the “Italian Yearbook of International Law” and of the “Santander Art and Culture Law Review”. He is also member of the Société international pour la recherché sur le droit du patrimoine culturel et le droit de l’art (ISCHAL), and of the Art Law Section of the International Dispute Resolution Group.
Alessandro was consultant for the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) of the Council of Europe for the revision of the Convention on Offences Relating to Cultural Property (December 2014–June 2017).
Alessandro is the author of “The Settlement of International Cultural Heritage Disputes” (Oxford University Press, 2014) and of other several articles and book chapters. For a complete list see: http://www.art-law.org/centre/publications.html. Currently, his main research areas cover international law, cultural heritage law, dispute settlement, international organizations, migration law, human rights and the law of international immunities.
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Submitted by J.P. Anglin - Bonn Germany - | April 25, 2017
Unexpected experience with a wealth of information
The unexpectedness of finding this Program advertised on line, which would respond to issues of great interest to me was quite remarkable. Additionally, the content was rich to the extent that at times it seemed even beyond a summer Program. In sum an enormous amount of material was covered on a wide range of topics. Topping this, was the level of professors that lectured and the material and insights they gave. The organization of all this could not be faulted.
Finally, the atmosphere was very congenial, very international with a vibrancy that made it a fun learning experience. Switzerland is a beautiful country so the chance for coupling this with sight-seeing and doing doing tourist things is also there.
This was an experience that I would recommend. (GoAbroad Review)
Submitted by Paul - Paris France - | March 24, 2017
This week, in 2017, I signed my contract working with UNESCO in cultural property protection. To sum it up: without the experience in Geneva with the GSS this would not have been possible at all. They offered a great deal of overview, going in-depth with topics that interested the participants and helped students before and way after the class - even years later - with their inquiries. Truly amazing, I am grateful. (GoAbroad Review)
Submitted by Georgie - Florence Italy Universita Degli Studi Di Firenze | March 26, 2017
I took part in the International Cultural
Heritage Law course at the Geneva Summer School in 2016 and confirm that the course was very efficiently run with great, thought provoking speakers and professors. As a student I felt well looked after at all times. Taking part in this course was a fantastic experience which I would happily recommended to all. (GoAbroad Review)
Submitted by Jawida - Jenin United Kingdom University of Kent | March 24, 2017
It was a unique experience to me in terms of materials before and within the course, the speakers, the helpful assistance of the team and the atmosphere in total was perfect. I advise my friends to attend whether this course or other courses which I met people and were happy from them. I wish to come back one day. (GoAbroad Review)
International Cultural Heritage Law
Cultural heritage constitutes worldwide a source of remembrance, understanding, identity, dialogue and cohesion. Consequently, its protection is a a common responsibility, liberated from “national” perspectives. As a law student who studied art history for the bachelor degree, I was promptly fascinated by the contents of the GSS International Cultural Hertiage Law. My application was definitely the right decision:
My time at the University of Geneva not only provided me with a broad knowledge but also an even greater enthusiasm for the objectives of legal heritage protection. Highly regarded and very motivated experts with international background and from the different branches of International Heritage Law made the two weeks a unique academic experience.
The city of Geneva, furthermore, is a unique cultural destination. Post tenebras lux - still is the motto of the Canton of Geneva and invites to consider its past and historic impacts. Don’t forget to visit the Bibliotheca Bodmeriana close to the city center.
But thats not everything! During the weeks of my Summer School I got to know numerous and most interesting people from all over the world who share the interest for our (world) heritage. Sharing Heritage furthermore is the slogan of the upcoming European Cultural Heritage Year 2018. On this occasion and together with the new friends I met at the University of Geneva we established the European Students’ Association for Cultural Heritage (ESACH) as a cross-border initiative. Supported by Europa Nostra and the German National Committee for Monument Preservation we will contribute to this special year from our universities to strengthen the awareness of young people regarding the protection of the cultural heritage.
In short: don’t miss this opportunity of a great academic experience with the extraordinary team of the Art-Law Centre and of the UNESCO Chair in the International Law of the Protection of Cultural Heritage in this culturally most interesting part of Europe! (Marius Müller, University of Passau)
International Cultural Hertiage Law
Have you ever dreamed about getting to know like-minded people, interested and highly motivated in the same area of expertise? Are you looking for direct contact to internationally well-known experts, both professors and professionals from the field? Do you like studying hard but also partying hard and at the same time getting to know a multi-cultural, international city? Then Geneva is the place to be and the Summer Schools the programme you want to be part of!
My name is Paul, I study international relations and attended the Cultural Hertiage Law class. A remarkable experience that made me now write my Master's thesis in this field and even pursue a related career. One could say, the Summer School has changed my life. As a Alumni Coordinator I wish to pass my experiences on and support you in joining in 2015. Are you ready for an extraordinary experience? Well then, here you go... (Paul Fabel, Technische Universität Dresden).