41407 - Legal Aspects of Heritage Modulübersicht

Module Number: 41407
Module Title:Legal Aspects of Heritage
  Rechtsaspekte des Welterbes
Department: Faculty 5 - Business, Law and Social Sciences
Responsible Staff Member:
  • Prof. Dr. jur. Albrecht, Eike
Language of Teaching / Examination:English
Duration:1 semester
Frequency of Offer: Every summer semester
Credits: 6
Learning Outcome:Part 1: Advanced Studies of International Environmental Law
After completing the module, students should be able to:
  • Understand international environmental law and its role in the management of global environmental problems,
  • Identify and critically analyse issues pertaining to international environmental disputes,
  • Apply international environmental law in specific concrete cases,
  • Comprehend and evaluate the significance of international environmental law in protecting the environment and fostering international relations.

Part 2: International Conventions
In the field of cultural heritage, international conventions are the most powerful tool for leading the international community to implement what the international community has presumed as important for human development. Furthermore, the tool serves to integrate national approaches into an advanced international strategy aiming at the protection of our common and endangered cultural and natural resources. Meanwhile the adopted international conventions are covering a wide range of peoples lives and shall enhance the awareness that the world has to be holistically understood.
Contents:Part 1: Advanced Studies of International Environmental Law
Introduction to international law and international environmental law
Creation and development of international environmental law
Implementation and enforcement strategies of international environmental agreements
International environmental agreements with respect to the following topics:
  • Biodiversity (Biodiversity Convention/CITES/WHC).
  • Marine environment (Convention on the Law of the Sea)
  • Climate change (Climate Change Convention/Kyoto Protocol/Paris Agreement)
  • Ozone depletion (Convention for Protecting Ozone Layer/Montreal Protocol)
  • Toxic/hazardous substances (Basel Convention on Hazardous Waste)
  • Citizens rights to information, public participation and access to Justice

Part 2: International Conventions
The lecture will introduce the complex process of preparing, adopting and managing an international heritage convention and the related conceptual, political, legal and managerial issues. It will deal with all recently adopted Heritage conventions as well as the 1972 convention. The intangible cultural heritage, a new Convention for the protection of cultural diversity will specifically show that this new instrument covers a highly political issue.
Recommended Prerequisites:None
Mandatory Prerequisites:None
Forms of Teaching and Proportion:
  • Lecture / 2 Hours per Week per Semester
  • Seminar / 2 Hours per Week per Semester
  • Self organised studies / 120 Hours
Teaching Materials and Literature:

Part 1: Advanced Studies of International Environmental Law

  • Albrecht/Egute/Wanki, International environmental law (IEL) – Agreements and introduction. 6th expanded and updated edition, 2022
  • Lakshman/Guruswamy/Hendricks, International Environmental Law in a Nutshell 5th ed, 2017
  • Hunter/Salzman/Zaelke, International Environmental Law and Policy, 6th ed., 2022
Part 2: International Hertaige Conventions
  • www.unesco.org/culture/legalprotection
  • International Conventions, Charters, Declarations
Module Examination:Continuous Assessment (MCA)
Assessment Mode for Module Examination:

Part 1: Advanced Studies of International Environmental Law

  • Written examination, 60 min (50%)
Part 2: International Heritage Conventions
  • Oral examination, 15 min (50%)
Evaluation of Module Examination:Performance Verification – graded
Limited Number of Participants:None
Part of the Study Programme:
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Architektur / keine PO
  • Abschluss im Ausland / World Heritage Studies / keine PO
  • Master (research-oriented) / World Heritage Studies / PO 2008
  • Master (research-oriented) - Double Degree / World Heritage Studies / PO 2008
  • Master (research-oriented) - Double Degree / World Heritage Studies / PO 2021
Remarks:In the event that the module cannot be taught or examined according to this description (e.g. for reasons of infection control), the alternatives communicated on relevant platforms (e.g. homepage or Moodle) apply.
Module Components:
  • 520211 - Lecture Advanced Studies of International Environmental Law
  • 620300 - Seminar International Heritage Conventions
  • 520216 - Examination Advanced Studies of International Environmental Law
Components to be offered in the Current Semester: