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.

This call is open not only to academics but also to practitioners and other stakeholders whose work offers means to reflect on the questions raised by this call. Specific questions, in relation to the CfP (see full call below), include:

  1. Is this “best practices” approach more adequate –in terms of effectiveness or in other terms – than a more classical oversight mechanism? A comparison could be made with other UNESCO Conventions, for instance.
  2. Can this kind of “best practice” approach contribute to losing focus from one of the main objectives of the Convention, which is the respect of the obligation to promote and respect cultural diversity in the negotiation of free trade agreements? Can this kind of analysis contribute to offering new lenses for the debate on fragmentation of international law?
  3. How can the relationships between civil society organisations and States Parties promoted by the Secretariat of the Convention be assessed? What is the role of civil society in implementing the Convention, and how to value its participation in the meetings of the Committee in terms of representativity or others?
  4. Is it possible to identify a kind of emerging transnational regional (or local) law on cultural diversity?
  5. What is the role played by some private institutions, such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which are not subject to international public obligations but have a fundamental role in the diversity of cultural expressions? This angle is particularly relevant taking into account that the majority of cultural products are transmitted online nowadays.
  6. While the EU has always been one of the major actors in regional and global promotion of the Convention, the nature of its engagement has considerably evolved. To what extent the Convention has affected the EU’s international law-making praxis?
  7. Whether and how is the Convention used in making international economic agreements? There is increasing reference to the Convention in different bilateral and regional agreements, including those promoted by the EU. What do these practices tell us about the (real) implementation of the Convention’s goals? Is there any role assigned to non-state actors in the creation and/or implementation of these agreements?
  8. What is the real impact of the projects financed by the International Fund of Cultural Diversity measured against the main objective of the Convention, namely, to contribute to a more balanced presence of cultural products in the international sphere in terms of cultural diversity?
  9. What are the advantages and disadvantages of linking the Convention with other international instruments or agendas, for instance the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development, which would find its basis in Art. 13 of the Convention?
  10. What is the Covid-19 crisis putting in relief about the need of measures such as those foreseen in the Convention? How can the objectives of the Convention be promoted in the post-Covid-19 global landscape?


Please submit an abstract in .Doc or PDF format (in English) of no more than 500 words by 30 June 2020 (Brussels time) to all IG Convenors:;;