Bridging the Gap Between International Human Rights and International Cultural Heritage Law Instruments: A Functions Approach

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With the activities of UNESCO in the recent decades international cultural heritage law has become its own area within public international law. By its very nature, namely its focus on cultural heritage and forms of cultural expression, it is closely linked to different human rights. However, this link has only really been realized in more recent instruments and even then not fully. States have obligations in both areas of international law. This raises the question of how to best accommodate State duties and rights under UNESCO instruments with individual and community rights under the respective human rights treaties. The author proposes to examine the functions of cultural heritage as one way in which to better bridge the gap between the two fields.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntersections in International Cultural Heritage Law
EditorsAnne-Marie Carstens, Elizabeth Varner
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780198846291
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


  • human rights
  • international cultural heritage law
  • treaty interperation

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