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Intangible Cultural Heritage across Borders: Laws, Structures and Strategies in China and its ASEAN Neighbours

About the ARC grant

An ARC Discovery Project exploring the discourses in UNESCO, WIPO and other international organisations regarding intangible cultural heritage, the different interpretations of related 'rights', and cross-border conflicts about heritage.

The project analyses the legal, institutional, political and cultural reasons for such conflicts and develops practical proposals for promoting international reconciliation and enhanced international cooperation in heritage protection.

This research is supported under Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects funding scheme DP 130100213.


Prof Christoph Antons (Deakin, Lead CI)
Emeritus Prof William Logan (Deakin)
A/Prof Carol Warren (Murdoch)
Prof Jianfu Chen (La Trobe)
Dr Alexandra Denes
Dr Abeba Gebreselassie

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Antons, C., 'At the crossroads: The relationship between heritage and intellectual property in traditional knowledge protection in Southeast Asia', Law in Context, Vol. 29 No. 1, 2013, pp. 74-94

Antons, C., 'Asian Borderlands and the Legal Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions', Modern Asian Studies, Volume 47, Issue 4, 2013, pp. 1403-1433

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Vilia Dukas
Administrative Assistant (Research)
School of Law
Ph: +61 (0) 3 9251 7084


SE Asians Debate "Intangible" Heritage, Shibani Mahtani. Feb 16 2012. The Wall Street Journal

News and Events

Prof Christoph Antons was invited to present a paper "Plant Variety Protection and Farmers' IP Rights" at the Workshop 'TRIPS' 94 +20: Beyond Trade Rules, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich, 15 April 2014.

Prof Christoph Antons contributed to the DECLARATION ON PATENT PROTECTION - Regulatory Sovereignty under TRIPS, sponsored by the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich.

"This Declaration seeks to clarify some of the regulatory options States still retain under international law, in particular the TRIPS Agreement."

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Emeritus Professor William Logan and Prof. Ana Vrdoljak (Faculty of Law, UTS) will convene a conference panel session relevant to the ARC Discovery project 'Inclusive Heritage and Human Rights in Asian Governance Contexts' at the Association of Critical Heritage Studies conference, ANU, Canberra, 2-4 December 2014.

Dr. Alexandra Denes will present a conference paper, 'Folklorizing Northern Khmer Identity in Thailand: Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Production of Good Culture', at the AAS-In-Asia Conference - Asia in Motion: Heritage and Transformation, Singapore, July 17-18 2014.

Dr. Alexandra Denes will present a talk, 'Fostering Thai-Cambodian Cooperation through Intangible Cultural Heritage: A Case Study from Surin Province', at the Mahidol University International College Conference - Thai-Cambodian Relations: From Conflict to Cooperation, Nakhon Pathom, May 27-28, 2014.

Prof Antons and Dr. Denes will convene a conference panel on 'Asian Borderlands and the regulation of Intangible Cultural Heritage' at the Association of Critical Heritage Studies conference, ANU, Canberra, 2-4 December 2014. Prof Logan and A/Prof Warren will also present papers in the context of this panel.

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