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Friday 2 December 2022, 10.00-18.30 (AEDT)

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 the first doctoral colloquium on international cultural heritage law.

This one-day, international event highlights the research-in-progress of emerging scholars in the field of cultural heritage law, with participants from the Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas.  The programme includes an opening lecture by Professor Lucas Lixinski (UNSW) and closing panel on research methodologies in cultural heritage law with Professors Clementine Bories (Toulouse), Sophie Vigneron (Kent), Ana Filipa Vrdoljak (UTS), and Wang Yunxia (Renmin).

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


1st doctoral colloquium of the 4Universities Consortium on Cultural Heritage Law

New developments in international cultural heritage law

Friday 2 December 2022
Faculty of Law Boardroom, University of Technology Sydney
(Virtual event with UTS and Sydney participants able to participate in Law Boardroom). Simultaneous Chinese/English translation)

1000-1010 Welcome and acknowledgement of Country: Ana Filipa Vrdoljak (UTS) and Professor Isabella Alexander (HDR Director, UTS Law)

1010-1050 Opening lecture: Professor Lucas Lixinski (UNSW) ‘Heritage Law – Support, Renewal and Iconoclasm in the Field’

1050-1100 Morning tea

1100-1215 Session 1

Chair: Professor Ana Filipa Vrdoljak (UTS)


  • Yasmina Azi (Toulouse) ‘The relation(s) between International Criminal Law and Cultural Heritage Law’
  • Diogo Machado (UNSW) ‘The instrumentality of cultural heritage for international security, and vice-versa’
  • DA Hongyu (CUPSL) ‘Inalienability of Cultural Objects in International and Internal Law: Antique Rule in Modern World’

Discussant: Professor Pascal Beauvais (Sorbonne)

1215-1330 Session 2

Chair: Professor Sophie Vigneron (Kent)


  • CHEN Ruida (China University of Political Science and Law), ‘Healing the past: Recovery of Chinese Cultural Objects Lost during the Colonial Era’
  • Lee-May Saw (UTS) ‘From Monumental to Intangible – Cultural Diversity and NSW Planning and Environmental Law’
  • Nicholas Augustinos (UQ) ‘The Use of the Right to Freedom of Religion in International Rights Litigation to Pursue Cultural Heritage Claims’
  • David Richey-Lowe (UTS) ‘Valletta Convention in a Mediterranean Setting: A New Legal Realist Analysis of Effectiveness’

Discussant: Professor GAO Sheng (Shangdong University of Technology and Science)

1330-1430 Lunch break

1430-1545 Session 3

Chair: Professor WANG Yunxia (Renmin)


  • DING Guangyu (Renmin University of China) ‘Cultural Heritage Right & Rights Related to Cultural Heritage: The Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage Rights System’,
  • Fatemeh Irannezhadparizi (Allameh Tabataba’i University) ‘Can we assign rights to nature? Towards a progressive development of international environmental law’
  • Zhang Yadong (Renmin) ‘The Access of the Right of Use on Cultural Heritage in Chinese Society’
  • Marija Kamber (Kent) ‘Council of Europe Contribution to the Change in International Heritage Discourse – Role of Heritage in Building Democracy, Rule of Law and Human Rights’

Discussant: Professor Ben Boer (Sydney)

1545-1600 Afternoon tea

1600-1715 Session 4

Chair: Professor Clementine Bories (Toulouse)


  • Matthew Walsh (UTS) ‘Indigenous Nations, Settler States and Cultural Heritage: New Plural Arrangements with Shared Territories’
  • Ayla Do Vale Alves (UNSW), ‘International Safeguarding of Indigenous Heritage: Beyond the Anglosphere’
  • Duan Jiqin (Renmin) ‘Benefit Sharing of Cultural Heritage Protection and Community Development – Taking Agricultural Cultural Heritage as an Example’

Discussant: Dr Kris Wilson (UTS)

1715-1815 Session 5: Methodologies in International Cultural Heritage Law


  • Professor Clementine Bories (Toulouse)
  • Professor Sophie Vigneron (Kent)
  • Professor Ana Filipa Vrdoljak (UTS)
  • Professor Wang Yunxia (Renmin)

1815-1830 Closing session

UTS Broadway Screen

On the day of the colloquium, the UTS Broadway Screen (UTS Central (Building 2)) will feature the digital artwork, Yamani (2018) by Daniel Boyd.

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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