—International law plays an important role in improving global governance. International heritage law, however, has received much less attention than other areas of international law. Protecting heritage is vital as it facilitates understanding about the culture and the people of different places. It can also provide a clearer appreciation of the rich history of civilizations on Earth. As part of the United Nations, UNESCO has the most significant part to play in the protection of such heritage and it is responsible for a number of heritage treaties. There are two international instruments in cultural heritage protection that are interrelated in their attempts to develop a coherent international legal framework for the protection of cultural heritage. The Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage complemented by the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage which in 2003 attempted to improve upon the deficiencies in the coverage of the World Heritage Convention. This paper will analyze a standard definition of cultural heritage to facilitate a uniform understanding of the nature of its subject matter and the development of a coherent international legal framework for its protection.
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Damna A. Alzahrani is with the University of Western, Australia, Faculty of Law, Perth, Western Australia (e-mail:email@example.com).
Cite:Damna A. Alzahrani, "The Adoption of a Standard Definition of Cultural Heritage," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 9-12, 2013.