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Cultural Heritage Law: Recent Developments In The Laws Of War And Occupation

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The idea to spare cultural heritage from both the direct and indirect effects of armed conflict has been gaining more and more influence since the 19th century. An important aspect concerns the application of cultural heritage law provisions to private actors, which, is still a controversial issue. Another important development is the evolution of criminal jurisdiction for violating cultural heritage law provisions applicable in armed conflict. International criminal law nowadays constitutes a body of norms the purpose of which is to enforce an important part of international humanitarian law, cultural heritage included. In reaction to the adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, many countries improved their capacity to undertake national criminal jurisdiction. Moreover, it has become obvious that there are some important and most interesting recent developments within the United Nations, especially in the Security Council, General Assembly, and UNESCO.

Keywords: 1954 Hague Convention; armed conflict; cultural heritage law; General Assembly; International Criminal Court (ICC); international humanitarian law; U.N. Security Council; UNESCO



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