Cultural Heritage - Law
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International :

International governments, law and courts

Cultural protection treaties and other international agreements

European Union :

European convention on offences relating to cultural property, 23 June 1985

European convention on the protection of the archaeological heritage (Revised), Valetta 16 January 1992

Council Directive 93/7/EEC of 15 March 1993 on the return of cultural objects unlawfully removed from the territory of a Member State

Heritage Law (UK and Europe)

The Venice Charter - International Charter for the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites, 1964

Archaeological Heritage Management - ICOMOS Charter for the Protection and Management of the Archaeological Heritage (1990)


Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, The Hague, 14 May 1954

Revised text of the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention of 1954 for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, The Hague, 26 March 1999

Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property - 17 November 1970

Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage - 1972

Recommendation on International Principles Applicable to Archaeological Excavations, 5 December 1956

The World Heritage List -- (alphabetically by State Party)

UNESCO legal instruments

Unidroit :

1995 Unidroit Convention. Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects, 24 June 1995

World Bank :

World Bank Group : Environment

Australia :

Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA)

Australia : legislation

Australia : South Australia Heritage related legislation

Heritage Conservation / Historic Preservation, Heritage Organisations

Belgium :

Division du Patrimoine, textes de loi (Belgium)

Canada :

Guidelines for Evaluating Shipwrecks of National Historic Significance in Canada

The Heritage Resources Act - Manitoba

Unearthing the Law: Archaeological Legislation on Lands in Canada

France :

Droit et archéologie - (in french : list and copy of the french texts about archaeology)

Portugal :

Legislação e Regulamentos - (in portuguese)

Romania :

Institutul de Memorie Culturala : Legislaţie - (in romanian)

United Kingdom :

Heritage Law (UK and Europe)

The Portable Antiquities Scheme : The Treasure Act
United States : : the law and archaeology

Legal, Regulatory and Legislative Links (American Cultural Resources Association)


Major Historic and Cultural Resource Management Mandates

National NAGPRA

Native American Graves Protection & Repatriation Act

United States Laws, Regs and Standards

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