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International Protection of Cultural Property and World Heritage  

A guide to international instruments, secondary sources, and websites of interest.
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Another Cultural Property Research Guide

Brooklyn Law School Library has prepared a good research guide titled "Illicit Cultural Property." 



Cultural property is defined as "movable or immovable property of great importance to the cultural heritage of every people, such as monuments of architecture, art or history, whether religious or secular; archaeological sites; groups of buildings which, as a whole, are of historical or artistic interest; works of art; manuscripts, books and other objects of artistic, historical or archaeological interest ...." (From Article 1(a) of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict). World heritage is defined similarly, but focuses on monuments, groups of buildings, and sites, and adds the concept of natural heritage, which is defined as "natural features consisting of physical and biological formations or groups of such formations, which are of outstanding universal value from the aesthetic or scientific point of view; geological and physiographical formations and precisely delineated areas which constitute the habitat of threatened species of animals and plants of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation; natural sites or precisely delineated natural areas of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science, conservation or natural beauty." (From Articles 1 and 2 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage).

The purpose of this library guide is to introduce the user to doing research on the international legal aspects of the protection of cultural property and world heritage.  The guide starts with the main international instruments on point, then proceeds to provide information on leading secondary sources held by Tarlton Law Library, and ends by providing a set of links to selected websites of interest.


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