Project facts

Duration: 2015-06-15 - 2018-05-31
Project coordinator: University of Fine Arts in Poznan
Project consortium: British Institute of International and Comparative Law (UK); University of Trieste (Italy)
Funding bodies: JPI CH; European Commission
Subject areas: Community involvement, Conservation, Digital Heritage, Heritage Management, Heritage values - Identity, Intangible Heritage, Mediation - Education, Methods - Procedures, Sustainability, Tangible Heritage
Budget: 412.684.00€


This project has investigated how human rights guarantees, in relation to cultural heritage, have been understood and implemented in the EU and its neighbouring countries.

Acknowledging the changing nature of the right to cultural heritage, the project has mapped how these rights evolving contents have affected the forms of protection, access to and governance of cultural heritage.

The added value of the project took the form of a combined analysis of the relevant laws, of their implementation and their enforcement.

It has provided a theoretical re-conceptualization of the right to cultural heritage, focusing not only on positive law and jurisprudence, but also on soft-law rules, diplomacy and cultural cooperation as possible alternative devices for fostering intercultural dialogue and understanding.

In its practical perspective, the project has analyzed how the technical tools used to manage and protect cultural heritage, in particular, digitization processes with the development of databases, virtual museums, etc., have been considered and how they could be further developed to strengthen the enforcement of the right to cultural heritage throughout the EU, including its external action.

The project has contributed to the development of sustainable strategies for protecting and managing cultural heritage as a means to foster international and intercultural dialogue with the European region.

The project has been based on a collaborative, transnational, interdisciplinary research consortium focused mainly on tangible cultural heritage research, while also including the interlinked aspects of intangible and digital heritage.

Impacts & Results

The outcomes of the project have been twofold :

  • The project has contributed to interdisciplinary scholarship in this area, disseminated through various publications.
  • It has elaborated a set of recommendations and guidelines, openly accessible via an online platform, concerning best practices on the use of cultural heritage for the benefit of states and communities which all have an intrinsic interest in its protection and enjoyment.
  • It has offered an innovative research-based knowledge to promote sustainable use and management of cultural heritage and to meet societal challenges and contribute to the wider development of society.
  • It has led to significant advances in the understanding of cultural heritage across the broader research community and in society within the European Union.
  • It has promoted and transferred its research outcomes to community groups and the general public.
  • It has contributed to a better understanding of how the significance and the values that cultural heritage holds for individuals and communities are influenced by political, social changes.


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