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This conclusory chapter discusses the findings of the thesis, which can be divided into two main categories: prosecuting the destruction of cultural property in international criminal law during armed conflict and during peacetime. The international humanitarian law as well as the rules established by the UNESCO provide for a vast spectrum of provisions criminalising violations of the protection of cultural property. Nevertheless, it can be held that prosecuting the destruction of cultural property during armed conflict is achievable under today's international criminal law. The 2003 UNESCO Declaration is only international instrument, which protects cultural property during armed conflict and during peacetime and also provides for provisions concerning the individual criminal responsibility for its destruction. Nevertheless, the analysis of the treaty law concerning the protection of cultural property has shown that gradually, the concern for the protection of cultural property has extended to peacetime.

Keywords:armed conflict; cultural property; international criminal law; international humanitarian law; peacetime; UNESCO



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