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The Human Right to Cultural Property

Kimberly Alderman

The Alderman Law Firm

June 1, 2011

Michigan Journal of International Law, Vol. 32, 2011

Ancient and historical objects and sites are designated “cultural property” because the property model has traditionally controlled their disposition and trade. In recent decades, however, the cultural property protection model has moved away from a property framework and toward a human rights framework. This Article argues that this evolution is particularly visible in international law, where the text and tenor of international agreements indicate there is an emerging right to cultural property born of the human right to culture. The Article then considers the implication of these changes on the sovereignty of nation states.

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Keywords: cultural property, cultural heritage, human rights, intangible cultural, repatriation

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Date posted: June 26, 2011 ; Last revised: September 25, 2011

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Alderman, Kimberly, The Human Right to Cultural Property (June 1, 2011). Michigan Journal of International Law, Vol. 32, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1872707

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