Implementation of the Council of Europe’s international legal norms for the protection of cultural heritage in Ukrainian law

Keywords: Council of Europe, Ukraine, international law, convention, legislation, cultural heritage.

Abstract

Ukraine became a member of the Council of Europe in 1995, pledging itself to adhere to the fundamental principles of the organization. In the field of cultural policy, our country actively implements the Council of Europe's basic provisions into national law.

The purpose of the article is to analyze the main international legal acts of the Council of Europe and to implement their norms in the legislation of Ukraine in the context of contemporary challenges and threats to the national cultural heritage.

The scientific novelty of the article is to analyze the international legal norms of the Council of Europe on the protection of cultural values ​​and the conformity of national legislation of Ukraine with these standards, as well as those challenges and threats that Ukraine and its cultural values face after the occupation of Crimea by Russia and the beginning of the armed conflict in the Donbass.

Conclusions. Ukraine actively cooperates with the Council of Europe in the field of protection of cultural values and is a party to the main international conventions adopted by this organization. Our country has ratified the European Cultural Convention of 1954, the Convention on the Protection of the Architectural Heritage of Europe in 1985, the European Convention for the Protection of Archaeological Heritage (Revised) in 1992, the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in 1995, the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities heritage for society 2005 and more.

At the same time, Ukrainian legislation needs further changes in connection with the development of international cultural heritage law and in order to counteract the destruction, theft and destruction of cultural heritage sites in occupied Crimea and the armed conflict zone in the Donbass. Among the Council of Europe documents in this context, the Convention on Offenses Relating to Cultural Values 2017, which has been signed by our country but has not yet been ratified, is important. Equally important for Ukraine are Council of Europe documents of a recommendatory nature, the provisions of which should be taken into account when amending national conservation legislation.

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2020-03-13
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Mazur, T. V. (2020). Implementation of the Council of Europe’s international legal norms for the protection of cultural heritage in Ukrainian law. Scientific Papers of the Legislation Institute of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, (2), 62-68. https://doi.org/10.32886/instzak.2020.02.07