Human Rights Institute Lunch Talk (POSTPONED): Legal Frameworks, Challenges, and Innovative Methods for Protecting Cultural Property: Insights from Syria

Monday, November 11th, 2019 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 105
Nov 11
Monday, November 11th, 2019 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 105

(THIS TALK HAS BEEN POSTPONED. A NEW DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY.) 

Speaker: Polina Levina REMahnad, Legal Officer, International Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar; Expert on Cultural Property Protection, International Committee of the Blue Shield


The war in Syria has lasted for seven years and led to massive destruction and loss of life, with increasing doubt that the conflict will reach a resolution or political settlement in the near future. This frustration has triggered an appetite among States, civil society and the international community for finite and concrete measures that can contribute to greater protection and compliance with international law in the cultural heritage space. In this talk, Levina Mahnad will examine the legal framework protecting cultural property and recent innovative protection responses that contribute to ensuring compliance with international law in Syria, short of military assistance and intervention.

Polina Levina Mahnad is an international human rights lawyer, who has investigated war crimes and built cases against perpetrators of atrocities at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, the UN Human Rights Office, fact-finding missions and commissions of inquiry, in Afghanistan, Ukraine, Syria and Myanmar. Her article on Propecting Cultural Property in Syria was awarded the 2019 Francis Lieber Prize by the American Society of International Law.

All are welcome and lunch will be provided. 

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