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The 2003 UNESCO Intangible Heritage Convention: A Commentary

Edited by Janet Blake, Lucas Lixinski

Abstract

Recent years have seen a proliferation in multilateral form instruments that attempt to define and protect cultural heritage. Signed by 170 different states, the 2003 UNESCO Intangible Heritage Convention is the most significant and wide ranging. The aims of the legislation are to protect the traditional practices, expressions, knowledge, and skills that together form the mosaic of a community’s culture, and its ratification has led to a dynamic discourse over how best to conserve cultural heritage. This book bring together a team of experts to answer the key questions in this area. Providing an overview of the historical development of the instrument, the chapters move through each article of the legislation, examining its interpretation, the relevant jurisprudence, and persuasive critical assessments, in a text which will be of critical importance to academics and practitioners alike.

Bibliographic Information

Janet Blake, editor

Lucas Lixinski, editor


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