Amy Strecker is Assistant Professor in Heritage & Governance, and post-doctoral researcher with the ERC-Synergy Project NEXUS1492 at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden. Her research focuses on the interplay between landscape, heritage and human rights, particularly the notion of landscape as public space.
Amy obtained her PhD in international law from the European University Institute, Florence, in 2012. Her PhD, which was funded by the Irish Research Council, analysed the governance of landscape as expressed in cultural heritage law, environmental law and human rights law. Although not originally a lawyer, Amy became interested in the impact of domestic law on the protection of heritage in Ireland and wrote her MA thesis on the impact of the National Monuments (Amendment) Act 2004 on the archaeological landscape (University College Dublin, 2005). She holds an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management, a BA in Spanish and Art History (UCD), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Modern Languages) from Trinity College Dublin.
Before taking up her position at Leiden, Amy coordinated and taught a course in International Human Rights Law with Boston University, Dublin. At present she teaches on the subjects of heritage and governance, landscape and law, and heritage and human rights at the Faculty of Archaeology and the LUC (The Hague) as well as being a guest lecturer on a number of post-graduate courses, including at the University of Nova Gorica and IUAV (Venice) and University College Dublin.
Within the Nexus1492 project, her research focuses on the role of law in confronting the colonial past in the Caribbean, specifically in relation to land rights, cultural heritage and restitution.
Amy is an affiliated researcher with the Centre for Global Heritage and Development and a ‘trekker’ for the research theme Heritage under Threat, where she is particularly interested in the role of international criminal law in interpreting ideas about heritage and human rights. She has been actively involved with UNISCAPE – the Network of Universities for the Implementation of the European Landscape Convention – since 2008.