The University of Geneva (UNIGE) through its Faculty of Law and the United Nations educational, scientific and cultural organization (UNESCO) signed an agreement concerning the establishment of a UNESCO chair in the international law of the protection of cultural heritage. The chair has been placed under the direction of Marc-André Renold, professor at the Faculty of Law and director of the Geneva Art-Law Centre. The team of the Art-Law Centre participates in the functioning of the Chair as well.
Based at the UNIGE, this chair completes the activities of the Art-Law Centre and thus reinforces the key role played by the University in the fields of art and cultural property law. The Chair focuses both on teaching and on research, its goal being to enrich UNIGE’s offers in this domain. Moreover, the UNESCO programme UNITWIN (University Twinning and Networking), conceived to develop networks between universities, will facilitate international collaborations in this field.
The Chair has been officially inaugurated on November 19th, 2012, with a conference to which Mr. Francesco Bandarin, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Culture, Mr. Jean-Frédéric Jauslin, Director of the Swiss Federal Office for culture and several other personalities participated. A symposium organized by the Geneva Art-Law Centre took place prior to ceremony.