|Course level||Advanced Bachelor/Master|
||5 to 19 August
|Co-ordinating lecturer||Prof. Wouter Veraart|
|Other lecturers||Dr Jos van Beurden, Evelien Campfens, Tabitha van Oost and guests|
|Form(s) of tuition||Interactive seminars, field trips|
|Form(s) of assessment||Presentation, short paper|
|Total tuition fee||€1150|
Advanced undergraduates and postgraduate students of law, humanities or social sciences, as well as relevant practitioners. If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please let us know. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students with a wide variety of backgrounds.
Cultural artefacts and antiquities have always been part of the arsenal of warfare and violent conflict. Recently deliberate destruction, looting and trafficking have occurred during conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. Earlier there have been even more extensive waves of looting. Examples included in the course are the one-way traffic of objects of cultural and historical importance during five centuries of European colonialism, and the massive confiscation of art-works by the Nazis during the Second World War.
In this course we look at these recent and historical practices, how they relate to other war crimes, and how to organize its restoration or restitution afterwards. What are the roles of law and morality in these contexts? Does international law and its enforcement protect cultural heritage in the present and in the past? And what about extra-legal responses?
Eminent experts in the field examine these issues from legal, criminological, historical and other perspectives, practical as well as theoretical. The framework they provide also covers approaches to the looting of cultural objects in the colonial era, post-colonial claims for the return of human remains and other cultural artefacts and the restitution of Nazi-looted art.
The course is organized by the Centre for International Criminal Justice (CICJ), a leading global player in research on international criminal law and the criminology of international crimes, in collaboration with CLUE+, the VU Research Institute for Culture, History and Heritage.