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Cultural heritage law: Treaties, national legislation, case law

Subjects: Law

Major international agreements

Treaty on the Protection of Artistic and Scientific Institutions and Historic Monuments 167 UNTS 289
Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage 1037 UNTS 151
Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage UNESCO Doc MISC/2003/CLT/CH/14
Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions  2440 UNTS 311
Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage  (2002) 41 ILM 40

‚ÄčTrade

Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property 
823 UNTS 231

UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects 34 ILM 1322

War
Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict  249 UNTS 240

 Protocol for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict  249 UNTS 358

Second Protocol to the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict 38 ILM 769

 

Disputed cases

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