Constituting cultural property as part of the International Law Regime, and its Development

Project Director: Prof. Dr. Peter-Tobias Stoll (International Law)
Research Associate: Dr. iur. Sven Mißling, Philipp Socha

Project Abstract

The discussions and negotiations of cultural property in the Intergovernmental Committee of WIPO are closely linked to other policy areas, institutions and regulatory realms. Among others, these include the long-standing efforts to arrive at a form of human rights protection for indigenous peoples, the international cultural policy pursued by UNESCO – the Conventions for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003), developments in international law concerning the environment, and controversies in the World Trade Organization over protecting intellectual heritage. The interactions, and intersections, between these various efforts in international law are the subject of this sub-project. In doing so, what is at issue is a forward-looking analysis of internal compatibility and the linkage in terms of process with other regulatory realms, as well as the development of corresponding methods. The knowledge obtained from individual cases here can be used to create a more general means of regarding the international law regime, one which is characterized by increasing differentiation and a need to coordinate the individual sub-realms that have developed.

Publications
  • Sven Mißling (2010): Die UNESCO-Konvention zum Schutz des immateriellen (Kultur-) Erbes der Menschheit von 2003: Öffnung des Welterbekonzepts oder Stärkung der kulturellen Hoheit des Staates?. In: Bendix, Regina, Bizer, Kilian, Groth, Stefan eds.: Die Konstituierung von Cultural Property: Forschungsperspektiven. Göttingen: Universitätsverlag Göttingen, 2010.
  • Philipp Socha, Arnika Peselmann(2010): Cultural Property und das Heritage-Regime der UNESCO. Parallelen in ideellen und wirtschaftlichen Inwertsetzungsprozessen von kulturellen Elementen. In: Bendix, Regina, Bizer, Kilian, Groth, Stefan eds.: Die Konstituierung von Cultural Property: Forschungsperspektiven. Göttingen: Universitätsverlag Göttingen, 2010.
  • Mißling/Watermann, Die doppelte Verantwortung der UNESCO – zur zwiespältigen Ernennung des Tempels von Preah Vihear zum Weltkulturerbe, in: Vereinte Nationen 6/2009, 249 – 255.
Public Presentations
  • Sven Mißling: “Protecting and Promoting Cultural Expressions by Law: Civil Law vs. Public Law Approaches”, International Symposium of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Cultural Property, The Constitution of Cultural Property: Interim Conclusions, 15.-17.06.2011 Göttingen, Germany.
  • Peter Tobias Stoll: “Cultural Property Rights as a Case of Legal Fragmentation”, International Symposium of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Cultural Property, The Constitution of Cultural Property: Interim Conclusions, 15.-17.06.2011 Göttingen, Germany.
  • Sven Missling, Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin: “The consequences of desire: Preah Vihear as a contested heritage site” Colloque international: Patrimoine culturel et désirs de territoires: vers quels développements? Université de Nîmes/Montpellier, 24.-27. Februar 2010.
  • Philipp Socha: “Cutting the Cake of Sovereignty: peoples, groups, collectives and their legal subjectivity in international law”, Conference “Concerning States of Mind, Disturbing the Minds of States” of Toronto Group for the Study of International, Transnational and Comparative Law der Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, 29.-31.1.2010.
  • Sven Missling : « L’importance des droits fondamentaux (européens) et des Droits de l’Homme pour la protection de la culture et des droits culturels sur le plan international et européen, pris en compte le rôle spécifique de la Convention de sauvegarde des Droits de l’Homme et des Libertés fondamentales du 4. novembre 1950 (C.E.D.H.) », 60-minütiger Vortrag auf Einladung des Laboratorio per la Ricerca sui Diritti Fondamentali (LabDiF), Colloquio sulla Convenzione Europea dei Diritti dell’uomo (internat. Kolloquium zum 60-jährigen Bestehen der EMRK), Turin/Aosta, 21.-25. April 2009.
  • Philipp Socha, Dipl.-Jur, LL.M, Göttingen: “Spielräume im Völkerrecht: Regional unterschiedliche Interpretationen des Rechtsträgers local community in den Draft Provisions des WIPO IGC”, Tagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Volkskunde, Tübingen, 21.-24.9.2011.