Much greater attention has been paid to protecting cultural property in armed conflict by means of international law than might be assumed. Perhaps this is not saying much, given the seemingly popular view that belligerents have always looked to raze or plunder the enemy’s cultural heritage. But it is no less true for that, and an account of the international rules and institutions in place for the protection of cultural property in armed conflict ought to serve as a useful corrective to just this sort of corrosive assumption. By ‘protection’ here is meant...
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