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This event was held on Wednesday 26 May 2021.

In the leadup to the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the World Heritage Convention, the UNESCO Chair in International Law and Cultural Heritage with partners from the Our World Heritage initiative are hosting a series of webinars on the theme of World Heritage and Human Rights.

This webinar on accountability for human rights and humanitarian law violations and World Heritage and heritage protection is an opportunity to review and reflect on the operation of the Convention and its governance framework within broader developments in international criminal law and international human rights law since 1972. Developments which placed renewed focus on the objectives and functions of the World Heritage framework and its role in realising the mandate of UNESCO to ‘further universal respect for justice, for rule of law and for human rights and fundamental freedoms’.

The three panellists are leading contributors to the key themes of this webinar:

  • Honourable Ms Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (2011-2021) leading prosecutions in Al Madhi and Al Hassan and preparation of OTC Policy on Cultural Heritage
  • Mr Santiago Villalpando, UNESCO Legal Adviser and Director of the Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs (2019 to date)
  • Ms Agnes Kabajuni, Executive Founder Centre for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Africa and Managing Director MRG Africa who have led a number of successful actions before the African Court and Commission on Human and Peoples Rights in respect of large scale human rights violations on or related to protected sites.

Moderator will be Ana Filipa Vrdoljak, UNESCO Chair of International Law and Cultural Heritage and Professor of Law, University of Technology Sydney.

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UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.

The UNESCO Chair and UTS supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart and its implementation in full.

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