The protection of cultural heritage in case of armed conflict : ethical and legal developments in Western conception of the question
Saarbrücken : Lap Lambert Academic, 2011
III, 149 p. : graph. ; 22 cm
Bibliographie : p. 142-149
The main interest of the manuscript is about the thorny issue of the protection of cultural property in case of armed conflict which is, the greatest risk factor for the integrity and preservation of cultural property, either immovable (which may be exposed to destruction or, at best, to damage) or mobile (which can also be the subject of looting, or at least, to steal abroad). The issue is extremely important, especially after the events occurred during the wars in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq which have enlightened on the many flaws within the diplomatic instruments aimed at protecting the cultural property from threats of armed conflicts. So, after having traced the evolution of relevant International Law, the book analyses the Iraqi exemplum as paradigmatic of the infringements committed against it but also of post-conflict strategies developed by major western military powers on behalf of protection of Iraqi cultural heritage. Therefore the study of these issues can become the starting point for a critical review of relevant legislation and for further development of post-conflict efforts aimed at protecting cultural property.
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