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Part V Key Rights in Times of Armed Conflict, Ch.20 Protection of Cultural Property

Roger O’Keefe

From: The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict

Edited By: Andrew Clapham, Paola Gaeta, Tom Haeck (Assistant Editor), Alice Priddy (Assistant Editor)

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 23 January 2022

Subject(s):
Cultural property / heritage — Protected persons and property — Weapons, nuclear — War crimes — Crimes against humanity — Economic, social, and cultural rights
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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