World Heritage and Human Rights : Lessons from the Asia-Pacific and global arena book cover
1st Edition

World Heritage and Human Rights
Lessons from the Asia-Pacific and global arena

Edited By

Peter Bille Larsen

ISBN 9781138224223
Published November 17, 2017 by Routledge
348 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations

FREE Standard Shipping
SAVE $11.39
was $56.95
USD $45.56

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

The World Heritage community is currently adopting policies to mainstream human rights as part of a wider sustainability agenda. This interdisciplinary book combines a state of the art review of World Heritage policy and practice at the global level with ethnographic case studies from the Asia-Pacific region by leading scholars in the field. By joining legal reviews, anthropology and practitioner experience through in-depth case studies, it shows the diversity of human rights issues in both natural and cultural heritage sites.

From site-designation to their conservation and management, the book explores the various rights issues and analyses the diverse social, cultural and legal challenges and responses at both regional and global level. Detailed case studies are included from Australia, Cambodia, China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines and Vietnam. The book will appeal to both natural and cultural heritage professionals and human rights and heritage scholars, and will serve as a useful compendium for courses use allowing students to compare, contrast and contextualize different contexts.

Table of Contents

Introduction: World Heritage and Human Rights in the Asia Pacific and Global Arena

Peter Bille Larsen

Part I: Case Studies

2. The World Heritage Committee and Human Rights: Learning from Event Ethnography

Peter Bille Larsen and Kristal Buckley

3. World Heritage and Human Rights in Australia: from K’gari/Fraser Island to National Processes

Ian Lilley, Kristal Buckley and Helena Kajlich

4. Sambor Prei Kuk: Demarcating the Relationship between Religion and Cultural Heritage as Human Rights in Cambodia

Jonathan Liljeblad

5. Empowerment and Human Rights: Comparing Two Cultural Heritage Cases in Xi’an, China

Harald Høyem

6. World Heritage and Rights in Malaysia: A Case Study of Kinabalu Park World Heritage Site, Sabah

Amran Hamzah

7. Cultural and Participation Rights in Bagan, Myanmar

Anne Laura Kraak

8. Local Rights in World Heritage Sites: Learning from Post-Earthquake Rehabilitation Dynamics in the Kathmandu Valley

Sudarshan Raj Tiwari, Pranita Shrestha and Hans Christie Bjønness

9. Vigan: World Heritage as a ‘Tool for Development’?

Sara Dürr, Malot Ingel and Bettina Beer

10. World Heritage and Ethnic Minority Rights in Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam: Cosmopolitan Assemblages in Neoliberal Times

Peter Bille Larsen

Part II: Legal Reviews

11. The Inter-relationship of the World Heritage Convention and International Human Rights Law: A Preliminary Assessment and Outlook

Alexander H. E. Morawa and Gabriel Zalazar

12. Legal Frameworks for World Heritage and Human Rights in Australia

Ben Boer and Stefan Gruber

13. The World Heritage Convention and Human Rights in Nepal: A Review of Legal Norms and Practices

Bipin Adhikari

14. World Heritage and Human Rights Policy and Legislation in the Philippines

Lucille Karen E. Malilong and Mary Grace Ellen S. Villanueva

15. World Heritage and Human Rights Policy in Vietnam: A Legal Review

Nguyen Linh Giang

Part III: Conclusions

16. (Re)structuring Rights and World Heritage Dynamics and Looking Towards the Future

Peter Bille Larsen


17. Caux Call for Action on Rights-Based Approaches in World Heritage

View More



Peter Bille Larsen lectures in Anthropology, International Governance, Heritage Studies and Development Studies at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. He has a strong interest in the intersection between conservation and social equity, including work in the fields of indigenous rights, World Heritage policy, human rights, as well as the anthropology of international politics.


"In this excellent volume Peter Bille Larsen carefully argues that while rights infringements associated with World Heritage listing and management processes have been too long ignored it is important to recognize the advances being made by many practitioners on the ground towards achieving stronger social justice at World Heritage sites. Larsen’s guarded optimism is supported by an admirable set of contributors providing original case studies and legal reviews that capture the changing situation in the Asia-Pacific region." - Professor William Logan, Deakin University, Australia