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1 CULTURAL PROPERTY AND NATIONHOOD : the case of the Old Bridge Yadranka Petrovic

2 Outline O Introduction O Setting the context O The Old Bridge O Summary and observations

3 Introduction O Preoccupation with statehood O Is the concept of the State withering in international law? O The law of statehood has changed considerably O Obsession with history and culture whilst simultaneously engaging contemporary concerns and demands O The relationship between nationhood and the past embodied in cultural objects O The dual nature of cultural property O The Old Bridge’s role in a nation’s building and its deconstruction and reconstruction

4 Setting the context O The State-centred regulation of cultural property O Cultural significance of an object O Importance of cultural property

5 Setting the context cont’ O The State-centred regulation of cultural property O States’ central role in the international legal protection of cultural property is not in conflict with international law O The right to designate own cultural treasures O No right to intervene in domestic matters O International regimes regarded as ‘paper tigers’ O The dual appeal of cultural property and the concomitant ‘dual accountability ‘of a State O The emerging norm of R2P

6 Setting the context cont’ O Cultural significance of an object O Property of cultural significance O Indeterminacy of the notion of culture O Cultural internationalism v cultural nationalism O 1954 Hague Convention O Dual nature of cultural property

7 Setting the context cont’ O Importance of cultural property O Why do people care about cultural property? O What are the underlining principles for the international protection of cultural property? O National value and concern O Universal value and concern

8 The Old Bridge O Construction of the Old Bridge of the Old Bridge O Geography, demography, history O Building the Old Bridge O Architecture, engineering, aesthetics O Destruction of the Old Bridge O Motives behind the destruction O Effects of the destruction O Municipal level O International level O Reconstruction of the Old Bridge and rebuilding a nation O International project O Re-inauguration 23 July 2004 O Reconciliation? O Justice for the destruction of the Old Bridge and the simultaneous weakening a nation O Prli ć et al O Indictment unsealed March 2004 [ocean of charges] O Trial commenced 26 April 2006 [mega trial; completion strategy] O Trial completed March 2011 O Judgment has not been delivered yet

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16 Summary and observations O The importance of cultural property protection at both national and international level O Cultural property indispensable in a nation’s identity generating O Parallel significance of cultural property that transcends geographical (and temporal) boundaries O International aspect of the Bridge limits the power of a nation-State O Inscription on the World Heritage List O International prosecution for wilful destruction of the Bridge

17 Thank you for your attention!


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