Issues at Stake,
Challenges and Recommendations
The various reports on cultural rights by UN Special Rapporteur Faridah Shaheed have provided a new universal standard for topics ranging from cultural diversity, cultural heritage, the right to artistic freedom and the effects of today’s intellectual property regimes. This book’s team of international contributors reflects upon the many aspects of cultural rights discussed in Faridah Shaheed’s reports and discusses how cultural rights support cultural diversity, foster intercultural dialogue and contribute to inclusive social, economic and political development.
Drawing from a range of disciplines, the contributing authors explore the meaning and position of cultural rights and the implications these may have for international relations, the international legal order and cross-cultural understanding, while also offering recommendations for the future. Key topics discussed include the link between culture and science, gender and human rights, rights to artistic freedom, the importance of historical narratives and the impact of advertising and marketing on the enjoyment of cultural rights.
This worthwhile contribution to the current cultural rights debate will be of interest to academics and students teaching and studying in the fields of culture, heritage and human rights as well as policymakers who are working within cultural rights related issues.
Introduction: Outlining the field of cultural rights and its importance
Lucky Belder and Helle Porsdam
1. The United Nations Cultural Rights Mandate: Reflections on the significance and challenges
2. Implementing cultural rights (Nature, issues at stake and challenges) – Report 2010 (A/HRC/14/36)
3. The right of access to and enjoyment of cultural heritage – Report 2011 (A/HRC/17/38)
4. The right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications – Report 2012 (A/HRC/20/26)
Helle Porsdam and Matthias Mann
5. The enjoyment of cultural rights by women on an equal basis with men – Report 2012 (A/67/287)
6. The right to freedom of expression and creativity – Report 2013 (A/HRC/23/34)
7. Corporate interests and artistic voices: the Plesner case
8. History, memory and memorialization processes – Report 2013 – 2014 (A/68/296, 2013 and A/HRC/25/49, 2014)
Hanne Hagtvedt Vik
9. The impact of commercial advertising and marketing practices on the enjoyment of cultural rights – Report 2014 (A/69/286)
10. Copyright policy and the right to science and culture – Report 2015 (A/HRC/28/57)
11. Patent policy and the right to science and culture – Report 2015 (A/70/279)