The Limits of Framing in International Law: The Shortcomings of International Heritage Protection in the ISIS Conflicts

14 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2017

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Lucas Lixinski

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Lara Schreiber

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: March 1, 2017

Abstract

As the conflict in Syria and Iraq against ISIS continues and eludes the grasp of the International Criminal Court, focus is being increasingly placed on international cultural heritage law regimes and mechanisms. Artefacts are taken off the ground and removed from museums to finance the conflicts and sites destroyed for propaganda value. All the while, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has mobilized to protect cultural heritage at risk in these regions. It has roused worldwide outrage, galvanized resources and expertise, and devised new plans and institutional structures to deal with the new challenges. This paper explores the somewhat fragmented legal regimes under the different UNESCO treaties applicable to the ISIS conflict. After identifying the main gaps in international law, the authors look at how recent UNESCO efforts for closer coordination of the legal regimes have developed thus far, and whether they have the potential to address the shortcomings of framing in this international legal regime.

Keywords: cultural property, cultural heritage

Suggested Citation

Lixinski, Lucas and Schreiber, Lara, The Limits of Framing in International Law: The Shortcomings of International Heritage Protection in the ISIS Conflicts (March 1, 2017). RUMLAE Research Paper No. 17-4. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2940087

Lucas Lixinski (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

Kensington
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Lara Schreiber

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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