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Part I Introduction, Introduction: The Convention, from Inception to Young Adulthood

Janet Blake

From: The 2003 UNESCO Intangible Heritage Convention: A Commentary

Edited By: Janet Blake, Lucas Lixinski

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 15 October 2021

Cultural property / heritage

This introductory chapter traces the history of the Convention on Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage (‘2003 ICHC’ or the ‘2003 Convention’). The 2003 ICHC is modelled on the 1972 Convention on the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage. It contains generally similar elements to the 1972 heritage treaty but also contains some significant adaptations as well as additions required by the specific character of ‘intangible cultural heritage’ (‘ICH’) as a subject of safeguarding. The chapter considers the history of the 2003 ICHC, which now spans more than a decade. It discusses the challenges of implementing the convention’s provisions as well as the impacts it has left upon international law.

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