The Hague, Netherlands

Cultural Objects, Human Rights and International Law

when 26 August 2019 - 30 August 2019
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 950

The Summer School on Cultural Objects, Human Rights and International Law is a collaboration between the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies and the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Global Heritage and Development.

The course offers a range of opportunities to test the acquisition of knowledge and participants will engage with some of the most current debates concerning the role of international law in dealing with cultural objects. In particular, participants will acquire a solid understanding of the historical context of cultural takings, the international norms governing cultural objects today, the case law dealing with returns (including indigenous cultural heritage and Nazi-looted art), the ethical and legal issues surrounding colonial cultural objects (such as the Benin bronzes, Elgin marbles, etc.), as well as the current problem of illicit trade in cultural objects today. Lecturers and speakers will include leading experts in the field, museum professionals and legal counsel involved in some of the cases of focus.

Course leader

Dr. Joseph Powderly, Associate Professor in Public International Law, Faculty of Law, Leiden University
Dr. Amy Strecker, Assistant Professor in Heritage & Governance, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University

Target group

This Summer School is open to students and professionals.

Credits info

The participants will receive a certificate of participation after completion of the programme.
Furthermore, we can issue a statement regarding the amount of ECTS credits we would assign to this course, based on the number of hours in class, preparation time and assignments, keeping in mind that 1 ECTS equals 28 hours of study. Your university can then evaluate this course and decide whether they will indeed award ECTS credits.

Fee info

EUR 950: The regular tuition fee for the 2019 session is €950.
The fee includes access to the course materials, a certificate of participation, a visit to the Museum of Ethnology, lunches and refreshments on class days, a course dinner, and a drinks reception.
EUR 795: Students and participants who have registered for at least another Grotius Centre summer school in 2019 pay a reduced fee of €795.


We offer two partial scholarships for this programme.