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International Law and Cultural Heritage

— Initiatives

Our research seeks to acknowledge the past, assess the present, and give voice to the priorities of those who create and care for culture in all its manifestations.

The UNESCO Chair in International Law and Cultural Heritage is affiliated with the following scholarly initiatives:

Cultural Heritage Law and Policy book series (Oxford University Press)
International Journal of Cultural Property (Cambridge University Press)
4 universities consortium on cultural heritage law (between UTS Law, Renmin Law School, Kent Law School and Toulouse Law School).

The first phase of research


Law and policy on cultural heritage


Indigenous peoples and cultural heritage


Women and Girls and Cultural Heritage

— The first phase

The first phase of our research program (2019-2022) covers:


Analysis of international, regional and national law and policy on cultural heritage, including the Oxford Handbook on International Cultural Heritage Law (2020) (edited by Francesco Francioni and Ana Filipa Vrdoljak) and Oxford Commentary on the 1970 UNESCO and 1995 UNIDROIT Conventions (forthcoming) (edited by Ana Filipa Vrdoljak, Andrzej Jakubowski and Alessandro Chechi)


Indigenous peoples and cultural heritage Larissa Behrendt (Jumbunna Institute), Dalee Sambo Dorough (Inuit Circumpolar Council), Phil Gordon (Australian Museum), Ana Filipa Vrdoljak (UTS), and Raquel Zonia Yrigoyen Fajardo (IIDS)


Women and Girls and Cultural Heritage Janet Blake (Shahid Beheshti University), Patricia Conlan (University of Limerick), Yvonne Donders (University of Amsterdam), Lynn Meskell (Stanford University), Farida Shaheed (Shirkat Gah), and Ana Filipa Vrdoljak (UTS)

— Work with us

We welcome enquiries from researchers interested in contributing or collaborating with us.

We also welcome applications from those seeking to pursue postdoctoral or doctoral research in the field of cultural heritage law and policy.

‘Culture is the essence of being human.’

(UNESCO, 1970)

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.

UNESCO Chair in International Law and Cultural Heritage
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