Wednesday 30 June 2021, 10am Paris Time (UTC + 2)

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 participation beyond states in 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 law and human rights law since 1972. Developments which are challenging established understandings of 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:

  • His Excellency, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, former President (2018-2021), and Judge (2009-) of the International Court of Justice, and Chief Legal Advisor to UNESCO (2001-2009)
  • Professor Francesco Francioni, Member of the Institut de droit international, Professor Emeritus, Department of Law, European University Institute and LUISS Roma, and former Chair, World Heritage Committee and editor of Oxford Commentary on the World Heritage Convention
  • Professor Dalee Sambo Dorough, Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, co-chair ILA Committee on Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and former Chairperson (2014) and Expert Member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

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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