Cultural Heritage Protection in Armed Conflict

Protecting Cultural Heritage in Armed Conflict and Situations of Forcible Displacement: An (Emerging) Human Right?

The conference will explore the concept of cultural heritage and how this is protected in situations of armed conflict and forcible displacement from a socio-legal perspective. It will provide a platform for inquiry and debate on the significance of cultural heritage for individuals and the ramifications that armed conflict and forcible displacement have on their ties with home, language and cultural identity. Importantly, the conference will consider whether the protection of cultural heritage has evolved as an individual human right as well as how cultural heritage can advance the protection of fundamental human rights more broadly, especially in the situations under consideration.

The conference will take place at Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom on 1 & 2 March 2019.  The conference will start in the afternoon on Friday 1 March at 5pm (with end time at 8pm) and will continue on Saturday 2 March (8:30am-6pm). Following the opening of the conference and the first panel of speakers we will launch an art exhibition entitled  Parallel Republic at the Hatton Gallery (Newcastle University Campus).

Conference Venue: The Boiler House, Newcastle University Campus (please see Maps for more information)

This conference will be of interest to a wide range of stakeholders including academic researchers, concerned communities, non-governmental organizations, practitioners, policy makers, and students. Registration must be completed by the 24th of February 2019 on First come-First serve basis. To register please see the online registration form.

Organizing Committee

Dr Elena Katselli, Senior Lecturer in Law, Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University

Dr Conall Mallory, Lecturer in Law, Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University

Dr Emma Cunliffe, Research Associate, Cultural Property Protection and Peace, Newcastle School of Arts and Culture, Newcastle University

Prof. Peter Stone, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace, Newcastle School of Arts and Culture, Newcastle University

Prof. Rhona Smith, Head of Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University 

Dr Ruth Houghton, Lecturer in Law, Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University

Raffaella D'Antonio, PhD Candidate , Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University

Francesca Speed, PhD Candidate, Newcastle Business School, Newcastle University

The conference is a partnership project, co-organised by Newcastle Forum for Human Rights and Social Justice, Newcastle University Academic Conferencing Award, Military War Security Research Group, Newcastle Law School.

Photo Caption 1 Itay,Monte Cassino in ruins after 15th Febrary 1944 bombing raid

Photo Caption 2 Ansar al-Din Non-standard tactical vehicle at Timbuktu

Photo Caption 3 Villagers fleeing gunfire in a camp for internally displaced persons during the 2008 Nord-Kivu war