The webinar on participation and Human Rights in World Heritage is an opportunity to review and reflect on the operation of the Convention and its governance framework within broader developments in international law and human rights law since 1972. Those developments are challenging established understandings of the objectives and functions of the World Heritage framework and its role in realizing the mandate of UNESCO to ‘further universal respect for justice, for rule of law and for human rights and fundamental freedoms’.

Moderated by: Ana Filipa Vrdoljak, UNESCO Chair of International Law and Cultural Heritage and Professor of Law, University of Technology Sydney.


The three panelists are leading contributors to the key themes of this webinar:

His Excellency, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, immediate past President (2018-2021), and Judge (2009-) of the International Court of Justice and Chief Legal Adviser to UNESCO (2001-2009);

Professor Francesco Francioni, Member of the Institute de droit international, Professor Emeritus, Department of Law, European University Institute and LUISS Roma, and former Chair, World Heritage Committee.

Professor Dalee Sambo Dorough, Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, co-chair ILA Committee on Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and former Chairperson (2014) and Expert Member of the UN Permanent Former on Indigenous Issues.