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Associate Professor Craig Forrest

Craig Forrest teaches and researches in the areas of private international law, cultural heritage law and maritime law at the TC Beirne School of Law. He is the Director of the Marine and Shipping Law Unit, and has a research interest in all aspects of ‘wet’ maritime law. His current research focuses on the international law applicable to wrecks, a subject on which he is widely published, most recently in Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly. Craig was a member of the South African delegation to the UNESCO meeting of experts to draft the international Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage. Before turning to the law, Craig served as an officer in the South African Navy.

Course Code: LAWS7828 (Click here to access the Course Profile)
Dates: Tuesdays from 29 July to 28 October 2014

Cultural Heritage Law explores the way in which the law defines, shapes and regulates cultural heritage, from both an international and national perspective.

International and national law has addressed cultural heritage from a variety of perspectives, often in response to the devastating destruction of sacred places, historic buildings, relics and cultural icons during times of armed conflict. It includes the illicit excavation, export and trade in artefacts, salvage activities on iconic wrecks and the preservation of intangible cultural heritage such as traditional crafts, music and dance. 

Suitable for lawyers and professionals working within the culture, environment and natural resource sectors, this course examines the implementation of Australian law to address global cultural heritage challenges and the nation’s own unique issues, in particular the relationship between cultural heritage and native title.

  • The legal meaning and interpretation of cultural heritage
  • Illicit trafficking in cultural heritage
  • Return and repatriation of cultural heritage
  • Protection of cultural heritage during armed conflicts
  • The protection of underwater cultural heritage
  • World Heritage
  • Intangible cultural heritage
  • Cultural heritage and native title
This course may also be taken as a CPD course or a non-award course.
For details on application and costs see: www.law.uq.edu.au/cpd-details
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