The protection of cultural diversity has become an important issue on the agenda of many international organisations and fora. The G8, the Council of Europe, the European Union and UNESCO have all expressed the need for the protection of cultural diversity. In October 2005, 148 countries signed the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. This UNESCO Convention entered into force on 18 March 2007. With the adoption of this Convention, the international community has created a framework for protective measures dedicated to the diversity of cultural expressions against the influences of globalisation and free trade.
The Faculty of Law of Maastricht University, in cooperation with the Boekman Foundation, Amsterdam, organized an international conference on The Protection of Cultural Diversity from an International and European Perspective on 18 and 19 March 2007. The aim of the conference was to discuss, on the very date of the entry into force of the UNESCO Convention, the policy space for national policies for the protection of cultural diversity. This book contains contributions reflecting the discussions and conclusions reached at this conference.
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‘… the chapters […] offer reflective enquiries and critical glimpses into the actual contents and effects of the recent UNESCO act on culture. All chapters are well-researched and structured and are not simply recycled previous work. [T]he book certainly makes a valuable contribution to the evolving discourse on cultural diversity policies, which is about to enter a critical phase as the Convention’s actual implementation into domestic legal systems draws near.’
Mira Burri in CMLR (2010) 1285.