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Craig Forrest, Professor, maritime law

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. Craig has published widely in these areas, and contributed directly to national and international public policy development through advice and workshops provided to the United States, United Kingdom, South African and Australian governments, Craig is a member of the International Law Association's International Committee on Cultural Heritage Law. He has held visiting research and teaching positions at Cambridge University, National University of South Korea, City University of Hong Kong, Dalhousie University Canada and University of Nottingham (the latter as a Universitas 21 Fellow).

Course Code: LAWS7828 (Click here to access the Course Profile)
Dates: Semester long (commencing Wk 2, semester 2, 2015)

Cultural Heritage Law explores the interface between law and cultural heritage. It examines the way in which the law defines, shapes and regulates cultural heritage, from both an international and national perspective, concentrating on the conventions adopted through UNESCO and implemented in Australia. Topics covered include the illicit trafficking of cultural, intellectual property and cultural heritage, World Heritage sites, intangible cultural heritage, historic shipwrecks and salvage and the protection of cultural heritage during times of war.

  • 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
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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