Sessions of the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation

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18th Session - June 2012

22 June 2012, UNESCO Headquarters, Room II, Paris, France

The 18th session of the Committee aims to examine the follow-up to the recommendations adopted by its 22 members at the 17th session (30 June - 1 July 2011), to continue discussion of the case of the restitution of the Parthenon Marbles and to evaluate the implementation of international legal instruments and other tools developed to facilitate the restitution of cultural property outside the framework of the 1970 Convention.  

The meeting will focus, in particular, on:

Final documents

  • Final Report: EN | FR
  • Recommendations & Decision (ICPRCP/12/18.COM/6): EN

Working Documents

  • Election of the Bureau (ICPRCP/12/18.COM/1): ENFR
  • Provisional agenda (ICPRCP/12/18.COM/2) : ENFR
  • Secretariat Report (ICPRCP/12/18.COM/3): EN | FR | SPRU
  • Discussions on the Fund of the Committee (ICPRCP/12/18.COM/4): ENFR | SP | RU
  • Report on practical tools (ICPRCP/12/18.COM/5) : EN | FR 

Information Documents

  • Provisional timetable (ICPRCP/12/18.COM/INF.1): EN | FR
  • List of Member States of the Committee (ICPRCP/12/18.COM/INF.2) : ENFR
  • List of available documents (ICPRCP/12/18.COM/INF.4): EN/FR
  • Revised version of the Final Report of the 16th session of the Committee (CLT-2010/CONF.203/COM.16/6REV): EN | FR
  • Revised version of the Final Report of the 40th anniversary of the 1970 Convention (CLT-2011/CONF.207/8REV):  EN | FR
  • Revised version of the Secretariat Report of the 17th session of the Committee (CLT-2011/CONF.208/COM.17/2REV): EN | FR
  • Final Report of the 17th session of the Committee  (CLT-2011/CONF.208/COM.17/6): ENFR
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17th Session - July 2011

30 June - 1 July 2011 (UNESCO Headquarters, Paris - France)

The Seventeenth Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of illicit appropriation took place at UNESCO Headquarters, Room XI, Fontenoy building, from 30 June to 1 July 2011.

1. Statutory documents

  • Members of the Committe: EN | FR
  • Rules of procedure: EN | FR | ES | AR | CH
  • Statutes of the Committee: EN | FR | ES | AR | CH 
  • Rules of Procedure for Mediation and Conciliation: EN | FR

2. Working documents

  • Provisional agenda: EN | FR
  • Secretariat Report: EN | FR

3. Meeting results

  • Recommendations : EN | FR
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16th Session - September 2010

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 21-23 September 2010

The sixteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of illicit appropriation initially scheduled to take place at UNESCO Headquarters, Fontenoy building, Room XI, from 21 to 23 April 2010 was postponed to take place from 21 to 23 September 2010.

1. Statutory documents

  • Members of the Committe: EN | FR
  • Rules of procedure: EN | FR | ES | AR | CH
  • Statutes of the Committee: EN | FR | ES | AR | CH 

2. Working documents

  • Provisional Agenda: EN | FR | ES |AR | CH
  • Secretariat Report: EN | FR | ES |AR | CH
  • Addendum: EN | FR
  • Draft rules of procedure on mediation and conciliation: EN | FR | ES | AR | CH

3. Meeting results

  • Recommendations: EN | FR
  • Rules of Procedure for Mediation and Conciliation: EN | FR
  • Oral Report of the Rapporteur: EN
  • Final Report: EN | FR | ES | AR | RU | CH

4. Practical information

  • Information note: EN | FR
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15th Session - May 2009

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 11-14 May 2009

The fifteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of illicit appropriation took place at UNESCO Headquarters, Fontenoy building, from 11 to 13 May 2009.

In the course of this session, the 22 members of the Committee examined the Secretariat Report on the follow-up to the recommendations adopted at the fourteenth session of the Committee, on the activities carried out since 2007 and on a document presenting strategy proposals for the future work of the Committee.

Moreover, the draft rules of procedure on mediation and conciliation along with comments and amendments of certain States was examined.

1. Statutory documents:

  • Statutes of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Rules of procedure: EN | FR
  • Members of the Committee : EN | FR

2. Working documents:

  • Agenda: EN | FR | ES
  • Secretariat Report:  EN | FR | ES | AR | CH
  • Strategy proposal for the future work of the Committee:
    EN | FR | ES | AR | CH
  • "New Developments in the Restitution of Cultural Property: Alternative Means of Dispute Resolution" (summary), by Marie Cornu, Director of research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Marc-André Renold, Professor at the University of Geneva: EN/FR
  • "Diviser c’est détruire: Ethical and legal Rules in the Field of Return of Cultural Properties", by Tullio Scovazzi, Professor of International Law, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy: EN | FR
  • "State Ownership of Undiscovered Cultural Objects", by Patrick J. O’Keefe, Honorary Professor, University of Queensland: EN | FR
  • "The Drafting of a Uniform Law of the Protection of the Cultural Property", by Jorge Sanchez-Cordero, Professor, Mexican Centre of Uniform Law: EN | FR | ES
  • Draft rules of procedure on mediation and conciliation:
    EN | FR | ES | AR | CH

3. Meeting results:

4. For more information:

  • General Information: EN | FR
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14th Session - June 2007

5 – 6 June 2007, Paris, UNESCO Headquarters, Room XII

  • Agenda: EN | FR
  • Secretariat Report : ENFR | ESRU
  • Draft rules of procedure on mediation and conciliation: EN | FR | ES | RU  | AR 
  • Report on the 2006-2007 Activities and Recommendations:
     EN | FR | ES | RU  | AR | CH 
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13th Session - February 2005

7-10 February 2005, Paris

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12th Session - March 2003

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, 25 - 28 March 2003

  • Members of the Committee: EN |FR  
  • Secretariat Report: EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
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11th session - March 2001

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 6-9 March 2001

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Secretariat Report: EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
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10th session - January 1999

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, 25 - 28 January 1999

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Secretariat Report: EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
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9th session - September 1996

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, 16 - 19 September 1996

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Secretariat Report: EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
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8th Session - May 1994

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, 24 - 27 May 1994

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Final Report: EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
  • Report on 1991-1993 activities: EN | FR | ES
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7th Session - April 1991

Athens, Greece, 22 - 25 April 1991

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Secretariat Report: EN| FR | ES 
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6th Session - April 1989

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, 24 - 27 April 1989

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Final Report: EN | FR | ES
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5th Session - April 1987

Unesco Headquarters, Paris, 27 - 30 April 1987

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Final Report: EN | FR | ES
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4th Session - April 1985

Athens and Delphi, Greece, 2 - 5 April 1985

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Secretariat Report: EN | FR | ES
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3rd Session - May 1983

Istanbul, Turkey, 9 - 12 May 1983

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Final Report: EN | FR | ES
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2nd Session - September 1981

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, 14 - 18 September 1981

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Final Report: EN | FR | ES
  • Secretariat Report: EN | FR | ES
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1st Session - May 1980

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, 5 - 9 May 1980

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Secretariat Report: EN | FR [ ES
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