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Thursday 1 December 2022, 9.30-18.00 (AEDT)

In the leadup to the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the World Heritage Convention and 20th anniversary of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention, the UNESCO Chair on International Law and Cultural Heritage with partners from the 4Universities Consortium on Cultural Heritage Law (UTS, Renmin School, Toulouse School, and Kent Law Schools) is hosting a series of events on the theme of Heritage and Sustainability.

The international conference is a unique opportunity to review and reflect on the formulation and operation of international, regional, and national laws on cultural heritage law and sustainable development, through the research of leading scholars from the Asia Pacific and Europe.

This one-day event has dedicated panels on the following themes:

  • First nations’ people, culture, and sustainable development
  • Cultural heritage and sustainable development
  • Cultural heritage, sustainability, and human rights
  • Cultural heritage, sustainability, and peace.

This hybrid event is open to participants via zoom, with prior registration required.


2nd international conference of the 4Universities Consortium on Cultural Heritage Law

Cultural heritage and sustainable development

Thursday 1 December 2022
Faculty of Law boardroom, University of Technology Sydney
(Hybrid with zoom availability. Simultaneous Chinese/English translation from session 2)

0930-0945 Acknowledgment of Country Aunty Glendra Stubbs
0945-1000 Welcome Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Parfitt
1000-1015 Opening remarks by Pro Vice-Chancellor (Social Justice and Inclusion) Professor Verity Firth

1020-1115 Conversation: First Nations’ people, culture, and sustainable development

This first panel considers the key legal principles and actors which define the role of culture in sustainable development drawing on the cross-section between cultural heritage law, environmental law, and development law with a focus on the experiences of First Nations’ peoples in Australia.

Chair: Professor Ana Filipa Vrdoljak (UTS)

In conversation:

  • Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO (Director UTS Jumbunna House of Learning and 2022 ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow)
  • Professor Robynne Quiggin (UTS Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Leadership and Engagement))
  • Professor Jason de Santolo (UTS Business)
  • Dr Kirsten Thorpe (Senior Researcher, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Research and Education (UTS) and Head, Indigenous Archives and Data Stewardship Hub)

To be recorded and aired on ABC Radio National’s Speaking Out programme.

1115-1130 Morning tea


  • Professor Anita Stuhmcke , Dean, Faculty of Law, UTS
  • Professor DU Huanfang, Vice-Dean Renmin Law School
  • Ms Clair McNamara, Secretary-General of Australian National Commissions for UNESCO, and
  • Ms CUI Ying, Deputy Secretary-General of Chinese National Commission for UNESCO

1130-1300 Plenary session 2: Cultural heritage and Sustainable Development

This panel covers the key legal principles and actors engaging cultural heritage law and policy covering tangible and intangible cultural heritage and sustainable development.

Chair: Professor Clementine Bories (Toulouse)


  • Professor Ana Filipa Vrdoljak (UTS) ‘The principle of sustainability and cultural heritage protection’
  • Professor Pascal Beauvais (Sorbonne) ‘International & European judicial cooperation as a mean to protect cultural heritage’
  • Professor Sophie Vigneron (Kent) ‘The fight against the trafficking of cultural property and the Sustainable Development Goal’
  • Professor WANG Xiaokun (Renmin) ‘China’s archaeological excavation and cultural heritage protection in the context of sustainable development’

1300-1400 Lunch break

1400-1530 Plenary session 3: Culture heritage, sustainability and human rights

This panel covers the key legal principles and actors engaged in cultural heritage law, sustainability, and human rights law.

Chair: Professor Sophie Vigneron (Kent)

  • Professor Clémentine Bories (Toulouse) ‘Cultural Human Rights as a way to foster Sustainability’
  • Professor TIAN Yan (Minzu University of China) ‘The constructive interaction of cultural heritage and human right protection’
  • Emeritus Professor Ben Boer (USyd and former President IUCN Academy) and Dr Rowena Cantley-Smith (UTS) ‘Environmental Human Rights Defenders, Rule of Law and SDGs’
  • Professor Pierre-Alain Collot (Albi) ‘Cultural Heritage of Autochtonous Communities and Biodiversity: Emergence and Difficulty of the Biocultural Rights in France’
  • Professor Wang Yunxia (Renmin) and Dr Hu Shanchen (Minzu University of China) ‘Rights and interests of the local communities in cultural heritage tourism’

1530-1545 Afternoon tea

1545-1715 Plenary session 4: Culture heritage, sustainability and peace

This panel covers the key legal principles and actors engaged in cultural heritage law, sustainability and peace including economic and security cooperation.

Chair: Professor WANG Yunxia (Renmin)


  • Professor Alicja Jaglieska-Burduk (Opole) ‘Synergies between the UNESCO cultural conventions’
  • Professor Alexandra Mendoza-Caminade (Toulouse Capitole) ‘Intellectual Property, a Real Ally in the Face of Sustainable Development’
  • Professor GAO Sheng (Shandong University of Technology and Science) ‘The Return of Cultural Objects: Historical Origin and Present Considerations’
  • Professor Céline Gueydan (Albi) ‘Sustainability in the Legal Regime of the Coastline – The French Example, and some comparative elements’
  • Professor Sophia Labadi (Kent) ‘World Heritage, Peace and sustainability’

Address by Ms Krista Pikkat, Director, Culture and Emergencies Entity, Culture Sector, UNESCO Paris and Nisha, Director of UNESCO Regional Office for the Pacific States and UNESCO Representative to the Pacific States

1715-1800 Closing session

Summarising main themes and future plans

UTS Broadway Screen

On conference day the UTS Broadway Screen (UTS Central (Building 2)) will feature the following digital artworks

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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