1st Edition

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

Edited By Peter Bille Larsen Copyright 2018
    348 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    348 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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