On 11th-15th July 2016 Riga Graduate School of Law and 7 partner institutions from five countries (Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia) organized one-week intensive introductory course for students of Nordic-Baltic region.
The course was a great opportunity for participants to study such subjects as the international legal framework, to clarify what is art/artistic craftsmanship and its special legal status, to address questions of copyright and moral rights of artists, to develop intelligence in recovery of stolen and looted art, to get an insight into protection of underwater cultural heritage, graffiti and street art, managing of pubic and private art, etc. These subjects are prominent in 21st century discourse!
The course was much appreciated by students:
“The artists' rights, the course of theory and given examples brought complete image regarding the topic”
(Maria Bogdanovitš, Tallinn University)
"These few days were very intensive and interesting, and [...] I am happy to have had an opportunity to participate in this summer school and gain experience"
(Siranuša Matevosjana, University of Latvia)
"Thank you for a good time and an amazing opportunity to know art law better!"
(Justina Ražauskaite, Vilnius University).
You can get acquainted with the full programme here: Attachment 1 – timetable – timetable.docx
You can get acquainted with the feedback results of the course here: Attachment 2 - feedback – feedback.pptx
You can get acquainted with the reflection of the course here:
https://failiem.lv/u/4eegsymt?share_email_id=3d9c3c – transmitted on TV24, July 13th
News pieces initiated in consequence to the course or touching upon the main problems in the area
(transmitted close to or during the course; covering one of the most problematic issues of the topic, i.e. endangered archaeological heritage):
http://tvplay.skaties.lv/parraides/lnt-zinas/751780?autostart=true – transmitted on TV3
http://skaties.lv/zinas/latvija/sabiedriba/kulturas-cilveki-pauz-bazas-par-latvijas-senlietu-iztirgosanu-ebay-un-citviet-interneta/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=social - transmitted on TV3.
Notwithstanding existing broad and complicated legal regulation both on national and international levels, up to our knowledge, there is no high school in the Nordic-Baltic region that would offer complex art/cultural heritage law course. Lawyers-to-be, future officers of law enforcement authorities and other specialists are not generally taught subject-specific legal basis and later on cannot orientate themselves in regulatory environment and pressing issues. This deficit is tangible.
This is one of the reasons why the initiative as such and the course was highly rated among professionals and was fully supported by Nordplus Higher Education Programme. Due to high interest to the course of practitioners, we promised them to organize a set of seminars targeted at professional auditorium.