Cultural Heritage Law explores the interface between law and cultural heritage. It covers as wide a scope as the term cultural heritage implies, from the tangible to the intangible, addressing the philosophical and contextual framework that shapes and gives content to the notion of cultural heritage. The process of determining what objects should be elevated to the status of cultural heritage is, however, more complex than might be at first apparent.

This course begins with a consideration of the nature of this complex process and its dynamic components, including the nature of the process itself, interest groups that affect the process and the nature of the conflicting interests that arise. It includes for example, addressing questions such as who ‘owns’ cultural heritage, what interests can claim to be protected, how notions of heritage underpin social structures and social regulation, and the difficulties of addressing these questions in the formulation of culture policies. A comparison is made of categories of objects protected as cultural heritage in a number of international and national laws.

Tuesdays 8-11am, 26 July - 18 October 2022 (12 weeks)
Next course:
26 July 2022 (see all)
Professor Craig Forrest
UQ St Lucia (view map)
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Topics covered

Topics covered include:

  • UNESCO and its cultural mandate
  • the illicit trafficking of cultural heritage
  • the protection of cultural heritage during times of war
  • intellectual property, art and cultural heritage
  • world heritage
  • intangible cultural heritage
  • historic shipwrecks, underwater cultural heritage and salvage
  • Australian cultural heritage law

Who is the course designed for

Our CPD courses are available to professionals interested in contemporary legal issues.

Whether you're looking to acquire CPD points, expand your knowledge in a specific area of the law, or gain a general understanding of legal issues impacting your profession, our courses will equip you to go further in every possible future.

Style of learning

Our CPD participants benefit from small class sizes which encourage group discussion and debate, and 1-on-1 access to industry experts and leading researchers.


This course is delivered at UQ St Lucia campus.

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This course is part of the Masters of Laws postgraduate program.

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Upcoming sessions

26 July 2022 8:00am11:00am
2 August 2022 8:00am11:00am
9 August 2022 8:00am11:00am
16 August 2022 8:00am11:00am
23 August 2022 8:00am11:00am
30 August 2022 8:00am11:00am
6 September 2022 8:00am11:00am
13 September 2022 8:00am11:00am
20 September 2022 8:00am11:00am
4 October 2022 8:00am11:00am
11 October 2022 8:00am11:00am
18 October 2022 8:00am11:00am
Professor Craig Forrest

CPD enrolment closes two weeks prior to the course start date.

No entry requirements apply, you are not required to submit assessment and your course participation cannot be used as academic credit towards a degree qualification.

Our courses count toward Queensland Law Society Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points if you can demonstrate relevance to your legal practice.

Professor Craig Forrest teaches and undertakes research in cultural heritage law, and has a particular interest in the interface between cultural heritage and international law. Craig has a long association with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), having been involved in the negotiations that adopted the Underwater Cultural Heritage Convention and acted in an advisory capacity at cultural meetings in the Pacific, Asia and Caribbean. In 2013 Craig drafted a Model Law for the implementation of UNESCO’s cultural heritage conventions for the Caribbean States and co-chaired the intergovernmental meeting that adopted the Model law.