Workshop – ESIL IG on International Law of Culture
The Interest Group on International Law of Culture is organising an online workshop on the theme of ’15 years of the Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and Lessons for New Ways of International Law-Making: Actors, Processes, Impact’. The online workshop will take place on 9 September 2020.
The Convention for the Protection and the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (the Convention) was adopted by the UNESCO General Conference in 2005. Its main objective is to reaffirm States’ “sovereign right to formulate and implement their cultural policies and to adopt measures to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions and to strengthen international cooperation to achieve [its purposes]” (Art. 5), while recognising “the distinctive nature of cultural… goods and services as vehicles of identity, values and meaning” (Art. 1.g). Today, the Convention has 149 Parties, including 148 States and one regional organisation (the European Union (EU)). The practice of this treaty over the last 15 years offers several valuable insights as to the present-day ways of international law-making.