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Strengthening the institutional and legislative frameworks: seminar on “Prevention and fight against illicit traffic of cultural properties”

(9-11 November 2009, Beirut, Lebanon)
Second legal seminar organised by RMSU in collaboration with the Beirut Office of UNESCO, under the patronage of the Lebanese Directorate of Antiquities

The objective of this second seminar, organised by RMSU in the framework of its activity of strengthening of the institutional and legal framework, was to compare the existing legislations and specialised services in the Mediterranean partner countries with the norms set by major international conventions such as the Hague Convention of 1954, the UNESCO Convention of 1970, and the UNIDROIT Convention of 1995, as well as the codes of ethics for the management of collections, whether private or museum collections, and for the trade in cultural properties (Codes of ICOM and UNESCO).

The seminar examined how these norms have been implemented in the national legislations, how the data base of UNESCO of cultural heritage legislation is being updated and consulted, and the mode of cooperation with the services of INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization (WCO).

The discussion linked with the issues related to inventories, a subject already dealt with in December 2008 at the occasion of the first seminar, and in particular the use of the norm “Object ID”. In addition, the seminar invited Dr. Sophie Vigneron from Kent University (UK), rapporteur of the Seminar on manuscripts organised in April 2008 in Alexandria by Manumed EH 4 project.

Eventually, this seminar was combined with a special training session for about ten Lebanese professionals.

The results of the seminar are available on the right-hand bar.

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