The University of Newcastle, Australia

Intangible cultural heritage across borders: Laws, structures and strategies in China and its ASEAN neighbours

This project brings together usually separate discourses in UNESCO, WIPO and other international organisations about intangible cultural heritage.

It examines Asian case studies to show how international principles and concepts are locally implemented.

Different terminologies and interpretations of ‘rights’ under international conventions have underpinned cross-border conflicts about cultural and intellectual property claimed by neighbouring countries and communities for tourism and development purposes.

The project analyses the legal, institutional, political and cultural reasons for such conflicts and develops practical proposals for promoting international reconciliation and enhanced international cooperation in heritage protection.