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International Heritage Law for Communities

by Lucas (Associate Professor, Associate Professor, UNSW Sydney) Lixinski

Part of the Cultural Heritage Law and Policy Series

International Heritage Law for Communities Synopsis

This book critically engages the shortcomings of the field of international heritage law, seen through the lenses of the five major UNESCO treaties for the safeguarding of different types of heritage. It argues that these five treaties have effectively prevented local communities, who bear the brunt of the costs associated with international heritage protection, from having a say in how their heritage is managed. The exclusion of local communities often alienates them not only from international decision-making processes but also from their cultural heritage itself, ultimately meaning that systems put in place for the protection of cultural heritage contribute to its disappearance in the long term. International Heritage Law for Communities adds to existing literature by looking at these UNESCO treaties not as isolated regimes, but rather as belonging to a discursive continuum on cultural heritage. In doing so, the book focuses on themes that cut across the relevant UNESCO regimes like the use of expert rule in international heritage law, economics, the relationship between heritage and the environment, among others, rather than the regimes themselves. It uses this mechanism to highlight the blind spots and unintended consequences of UNESCO treaties and how choices made in their drafting have continuing and potentially negative impacts on how we think about and safeguard heritage.

International Heritage Law for Communities Press Reviews

International Heritage Law for Communities takes seriously the call to develop inclusive and democratic forms of heritage management and safeguarding. An array of core UNESCO heritage treaties are critically examined to demonstrate what collectively and individually they do, both intentionally and unintentionally, in providing frameworks for the protection of cultural heritage. ... This book is indispensable reading for heritage professionals and community stakeholders, not simply for the insights it provides in terms of the history, intent and legal realities of the treaties it examines, but because the book aims to establish the conceptual space needed for the development of equitable dialogue over the control, management and safeguarding of community heritage. * Professor Laurajane Smith, Director, Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies, the Australian National University * This pioneering exploration of the impacts produced by the five major UNESCO treaties for safeguarding cultural heritage views them not as distinct silos of authority but as interrelated regimes which share cross-cutting themes such as the prominent role of experts that sometimes play out surprisingly and not so happily in the aggregate. Also innovative is Lixinski's focus on the plight of heritage-oriented communities confronted with unintended consequences of the treaties, particularly and paradoxically in discouraging essential management and even sustained support by the very communities whose heritage the treaties were designed to protect. Well-selected examples restore integrity and significance to the often trivialized term community. * James Nafziger, Thomas B. Stoel Professor of Law and Director of International Law Programs, Willamette University College of Law * Lixinski succeeds with this book in both providing an original perspective on international heritage protection in general and on the implementation of the UNESCO heritage conventions in particular. While recognizing positive developments related to international heritage protection - the bright sides -, in this work he convincingly reveals the dark sides : several persistent problems of international heritage protection, the most deplorable of which is the lack of serious communities' participation in the implementation of these treaties, including the identification, safeguarding and management of their heritage. ... The book is not merely an excellent contribution to the academic debate on international cultural heritage law, but I would also strongly recommend it to practitioners, policy makers and politicians. * Prof. Dr. Yvonne Donders, Professor of International Human Rights and Cultural Diversity, Head of the Department of International and European Law, University of Amsterdam *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780198843306
Publication date: 13th June 2019
Author: Lucas (Associate Professor, Associate Professor, UNSW Sydney) Lixinski
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 320 pages
Categories: International environmental law, Treaties & other sources of international law,

About Lucas (Associate Professor, Associate Professor, UNSW Sydney) Lixinski

Dr Lucas Lixinski is Associate Professor at Faculty of Law, UNSW Sydney. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute (Italy), an LLM from Central European University (Hungary), and an LLB from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, and Rapporteur of the International Law Association Committee on Participation in Global Cultural Heritage Governance. He sits on the board of multiple journals, including the International Journal of Heritage Studies.

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