09.07.2008 -

London Meeting on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage

© D. Frka, UNESCO

From 09-07-2008   to   09-07-2008

(London - United Kingdom)

The objective of this sub-regional meeting was to bring together government representatives of 14 European Member States to inform them about the Convention and the latest developments in the legal protection of underwater cultural heritage. Eminent experts on underwater archaeology and on the law of the sea animated the meeting.

The debates on the UNESCO 2001 Convention were opened by Barbara Woroncow from the National Commission for UNESCO of the United Kingdom and Christian Manhart, UNESCO. Followed by the interventions:

  • The UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage: content and context
    Ulrike Koschtial, Section of Museums and Cultural Objects, UNESCO
  • Why ratify? – The advantages for States in ratifying the UNESCO 2001 Convention
    David J. Blackman, Oxford, UK
  • Setting ethics and standards for underwater archaeology – the significance of the 2001 Convention for professionals
    Thijs Maarleveld, Professor of underwater archaeology, University of Southern Denmark
  • The 2001 Convention in the context of the International law and the law of the sea
    Tullio Scovazzi, Professor of International Law, Milan
  • Afternoon round table: Towards a common European approach
    Moderation: Robert Yorke, Chair, Joint Nautical Archaeology Policy Committee, UK

The meeting was followed by the opening of the Third International Congress on Underwater Archaeology (IKUWA3), which took place under the auspices of UNESCO.


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