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Ukrainian Museums & National Treasures: How to Preserve Future Legacy

Alexandra Darraby, Yuri Yanchyshyn, and Diana Tsutieva

Ukraine's endangered cultural heritage is protected by "Blue Shield" emblems to mark cultural sites and monuments. How does rule of law protect art and cultural monuments when modern warfare outpaces 20th century international agreements, the Geneva Convention and others? Dozens of churches, historical sites and museums have sustained damaged by the war in Ukraine. Learn how conservators in USA and worldwide are trying to save artworks from drone and missile attacks.

The U.N. cultural agency UNESCO preliminary list had 29 religious’ sites, 16 historical buildings, four museums and four monuments totally or partially damaged. UNESCO's assistant director-general for culture said of the Ukraine crisis, "Humanity's heritage is in danger." Russia is a signatory to the The Hague Convention for Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict but did not sign all subsequent protocols. How can voluntary compliance and international Hague protocols and UNESCO Convention on World Heritage Sites be supplemented with more effective approaches under new norms of military incursions? How can lawyers help?

This boots on the ground presentation with a noted Conservation expert-Fulbright Scholar to Ukraine, Yuri Yanchyshyn with special thanks to colleague Mykola Bevz, Professor and Head of Architecture and Conservation Department, Lviv Polytechnic National University, Ukraine who provided on the ground background.