Protection of Cultural Property: Online Course for the Military, Police, and Law Enforcement

New! International humanitarian law, or the law of armed conflict, prohibits the willful destruction of cultural property in armed conflict. Not complying with the international protective rules may constitute a war crime that may result in the prosecution of individual soldiers and their commanders. Therefore, it is paramount that everyone in the field knows the do’s and don’ts when encountering cultural property in the course of operations.

The course has been developed to support the implementation of rules governing the protection of cultural property, which aim to protect cultural property before, during, and after armed conflict and prevent it from being destructed, pillaged, looted, or illicitly trafficked. Although broadly applicable to military operations and activities, the course has been made with UN peace operations in mind. It describes some real-life situations from earlier missions in conflict areas and touches on relevant topics, such as preparedness, gender, and civil-military cooperation.

This course is co-published with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and is based on the UNESCO Military Manual on Cultural Property Protection.

Number of pages: 70 [English]

Publisher: Peace Operations Training Institute [11-24-20]

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5 Stars

"Good study material. Provides a basic understanding of cultural heritage protection during an armed conflict."

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Date Submitted: Sat 25 Sep 2021

5 Stars

"The course is very details and interesting. It gives me more knowledge on how and what to do during conflicts."

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Date Submitted: Tue 21 Sep 2021

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"It was a very good oppotunitity me to get a knowledge about the subject. Thanks lot to the POTI."

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Date Submitted: Fri 17 Sep 2021

5 Stars

"An excellent course. It enriched my knowledge on Protection of Cultural Property well. I found it very interesting. Thanks to UNESCO and POTI for giving us this opportunity to participate the course."

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Date Submitted: Wed 18 Aug 2021

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"The Protection of Cultural Property course provides an international legal framework for the conservation of cultural heritage facilities in armed and para-armed operations. I recommend it to everyone."

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Date Submitted: Sat 26 Jun 2021

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