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Syria and Beyond: Cultural Property Devastations and Cultural Property Protection (CPP) in the Event of Armed Conflict – University of Copenhagen

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1 November 2013

Syria and Beyond: Cultural Property Devastations and Cultural Property Protection (CPP) in the Event of Armed Conflict


Co-organizers: The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and the Cultural Heritage Group at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (ToRS)

Time: 5 November 2013, 10:00-12:00

Venue: Room 27.0.09, KUA 2


In addition to the enormous humanitarian crisis, Syria suffers a pervasive destruction and looting of cultural property. In addition to the damage of world heritage, the losses will without doubt entail serious consequences for post-conflict reconciliation processes and the Syrian economy. This seminar takes stock of the destruction of cultural property in Syria. It examines the responses of the Syrian people, the international community, as well as NGOs and international organizations (IO's) and identifies steps that may be taken to protect Syria’s cultural property.

The destruction of cultural property in armed conflict has become an increasing important issue over the last decade with significant implications for international affairs and security. We are facing a highly complex problem, spanning from the laws of war to the regulation of international organized crime including financing of armed groups. Taking Syria as its example, the seminar will therefore also discuss the current approaches to cultural property protection in armed conflict.


10.00-10.10: Introduction
Nibal Muhesen , Postdoc, University of Copenhagen

10.10-10.35: The Destruction of Cultural Property in Syria
Emma Cunliff, Postgraduate Associate, Durham University

10.35-11.10: Cultural Property Protection in Syria and Beyond
Joris Kila, Senior Researcher, University of Vienna, Reserve Lieutenant Colonel in the Dutch Army

11.10-12.00: Open Discussion
Chair: Nibal Muhesen, Postdoc, University of Copenhagen

Practical Information
The seminar will be held in English.

Participation is free of charge and registration is not required.

For further information please contact: Nibal Muhesen (