UNESCO Nigeria
Summer School 2021

Cross-border Transfer of Cultural Objects: the Law, Challenges and Practice

Update! Due to ongoing travel restrictions, the summer school will take place entirely online, for a reduced fee.

The Summer school has received patronage from UNESCO Netherlands

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The Centre for Global Heritage and Development's summer school 2021 will focus on heritage protection and the cross-border transfer of cultural objects. Given the increase of legislation in this field, which standards are exactly in place to prevent the illicit trade? How to ensure that the provenance of an object is lawful, and what are the standards for title issues regarding cultural objects looted in the past? Besides, what is the role of law enforcement? In an interdisciplinary setting, with scholars and professionals from the fields of law, heritage protection, museum studies, and the art market, we will look at the standards and mechanisms that are in place to prevent that cultural objects are looted, acquired, or traded unlawfully. The programme is curated by our experts Evelien Campfens (Leiden University) and Naomi Oosterman (Erasmus University Rotterdam).

Registration has closed.

Programme and Speakers

The summer school will take place online from 23 – 26 August 2021. For a description of the day-by-day programme, please follow this link

Why this Summer school?

This summer school offers a unique opportunity to learn from leading academics and professionals about current ethical and legal standards for the cross-border exchange of cultural objects. In an inter-disciplinary setting, our lecturers are from the fields of law, criminology, heritage protection, the art market, and museum studies.

Course fee

Since the summer school will take place entirely online, we are able to offer a reduced fee of €225.

Unfortunately, there are no scholarships available for this course.

What's included

The fee includes:

  • Online access to the lectures and course materials;
  • Certificate of participation;
  • Online networking events.


At the end of the course, participants will receive a certificate of participation (pdf). An additional statement regarding the amount of ECTS credits can be issued. Please note that the statement is not an official transcript and that it is the student’s responsibility to validate the course for credits at their home university. Keeping in mind that 1 ECTS equals 28 study hours, we consider the Summer School to be equivalent to 1,5 ECTS.


To ensure an interactive setting for questions and discussions, we may have to limit the number of participants. If needed, a selection will be made based on the motivation and educational/professional background. We will inform you in the first week of July concerning your admission, after which payment is due (information in the admission email).

You can register through this link.

The application should be completed in one go as data cannot be saved. Therefore, make sure to have the following ready before starting the application:

  • 1. A short bio/CV with information on your prior education/profession;
  • 2. Your motivation to join the summer school in a few lines (max. 250 words).

Please note that:

  • All courses are taught in English;
  • Only complete applications are considered;
  • All applications are dealt with on an individual basis;
  • Your admission to the course will be finalised only after payment of the fee;
  • The deadline for applications is 30 July.

Link to form: https://fd24.formdesk.com/universiteitleiden/register_lde_cghd_summerschool2021


For any additional questions, you can email the coordinator r.de.boer@arch.leidenuniv.nl.