Cultural Heritage Law – Past, Present, and Future

June 24 – July 5, 2013

The Geneva Univerity’s summer school offers an overview of the international and comparative law for the protection of cultural heritage.

The course is structured in two parts. The first part aims to develop the students’ awareness of the evolution of cultural heritage law, its complex relationship with general international law and human rights law, and the different ideological positions of the relevant stakeholders. The goal of the second part of the course is to cover the main substantive themes of cultural heritage law, namely: the protection of cultural property in times of war; the restitution of cultural assets lost as a result of theft, illicit excavations and illicit trade – either from land or underwater sites; the protection of the built heritage and of the human rights associated with the tangible and intangible cultural heritage. In order to offer an up-to-date glance at cultural heritage law, the course will also focus on its relationship with international trade law, intellectual property law, and international investment law and on the issue of dispute settlement.

The program is designed for students from law faculties, but it is also open to students of other disciplines, including art, art history, archaeology and anthropology, as well as to practitioners, non-specialists and art enthusiasts. The faculty brings together brilliant young scholars and renowned professors from various prestigious universities. The University of Geneva staff comprises the team of the Art-Law Centre and of the newly established UNESCO Chair in the International Law of the Protection of Cultural Heritage.

Classroom lectures will be complemented with field trips to nearby UNESCO sites, visits to local museums and guest speakers from one or more of the international organizations located in Geneva.

Credits: 3 ECTS credits.

Target audience: Upper year undergraduates, Master’s degree students, PhD students.

Language of instruction: English.

Course Direction

Professor Marc-André Renold (Attorney-at-Law; Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva; UNESCO Chair in International Law in the Protection of Cultural Heritage, University of Geneva)

Dr. Alessandro Chechi (Post-doctoral researcher; Art-Law Centre, University of Geneva)

Tuition fees

Early bird price: 2000 CHF (April 15th, 2013)

Regular price: 2300 CHF (May 15th, 2013)

Once accepted into the course, payments may be made through bank transfer, or through our secure payment site. Please visit the payment page to make your payment. Once accepted, a 250 CHF deposit must be made to confirm your place in the course.


To enroll in the course, please send :

– Letter of motivation (250 words) outlining your interest in the summer school

– A recent CV

by email to [email protected] by April 15th, 2013 (early bird price: 2000 CHF) or May 15th, 2013 (regular price: 2300 CHF).

It is essential that in the SUBJECT of your email, please put: “Application: CHL Summer School 2013”

Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis and so candidates are encouraged to apply early. A maximum of 30 students will be accepted for our 2013 program.

For general enquiries or further information, please contact at: [email protected]