Leiden, Netherlands

Cross-border Transfer of Cultural Objects: the Law, Challenges and Practice

online course
when 23 August 2021 - 26 August 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 EC
fee EUR 225

The Centre for Global Heritage and Development's online summer school 2021 will focus on heritage protection and the cross-border transfer of cultural objects. Given the increase of legislation in this field, which standards are exactly in place to prevent the illicit trade? How to ensure that the provenance of an object is lawful, and what are the standards for title issues regarding cultural objects looted in the past? Besides, what is the role of law enforcement? In an interdisciplinary setting, with scholars and professionals from the fields of law, heritage protection, museum studies, and the art market, we will look at the standards and mechanisms that are in place to prevent that cultural objects are looted, acquired, or traded unlawfully. The programme is curated by our experts Evelien Campfens (Leiden University) and Naomi Oosterman (Erasmus University Rotterdam).

Course leader

Evelien Campfens, Naomi Oosterman and Rients de Boer.

Target group

MA students, PHD candidates and professionals from the fields of law, criminology, art history, heritage protection, the art market, and museum studies.

Course aim

his summer school offers a unique opportunity to learn from leading academics and professionals about current ethical and legal standards for the cross-border exchange of cultural objects. In an inter-disciplinary setting, our lecturers are from the fields of law, criminology, heritage protection, the art market, and museum studies.

Credits info

1.5 EC
At the end of the course, participants will receive a certificate of participation (pdf). An additional statement regarding the amount of ECTS credits can be issued. Please note that the statement is not an official transcript and that it is the student’s responsibility to validate the course for credits at their home university. Keeping in mind that 1 ECTS equals 28 study hours, we consider the Summer School to be equivalent to 1,5 ECTS.

Fee info

EUR 225: The fee includes:

Online access to the lectures and course materials;
Certificate of participation;
Online networking events.


There are no scholarships available for this course.