The Foundations of Cultural Heritage Protection: Striking a Balance between the Local and the Global


The current international legal framework for the protection of cultural heritage is heavily critiqued for its lack of attention to the needs of individuals and communities, due to its overwhelming focus on heritage of 'universal' importance. This research seeks to chart whether heritage is designated as a common interest of the international community, and what effects this designation has on the means of international legal protection employed. It examines whether the harmonisation of human rights law and cultural heritage law could ameliorate the heavily State-driven processes of international heritage protection, improving the position of local heritage stewards.


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Main applicant

Prof. dr. N.J. Schrijver

Affiliated with

Universiteit Leiden, Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid, Departement Publiekrecht

Team members

S.H. Starrenburg LLM


01/09/2018 to 31/08/2022