[Ice Memory Workshops]: The concepts of ‘UNESCO World Heritage’ and ‘Common Heritage of Mankind’: what's the point?

May 2024

A new serie of 8 workshops and a collaborative international chair to join

1/8  Scientific heritage:  concept and property

What are the content, scope and stakes of these two concepts? Is it possible and, if so, useful to confer on the Ice Memory ice cores the status of common heritage of mankind, or UNESCO World Heritage?

May 21, 2024 at 5pm-6:30pm CET - On line

With Pierre-François Mercure, Full professor at the Université de Sherbrooke's Faculty of Law, P.F. Mercure was vice-dean of teaching for a number of years. In 1998, he obtained a doctorate in international development law from the Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis. His thesis focused on the concept of the common heritage of mankind as applied to natural resources.
He teaches public international law, international development law, international environmental law and human rights. He conducts research and has published articles on the interface between the environment and development and on the law applicable to common natural resources. He is co-author of the monograph Droit international du développement, published in 2019.
Why join us? Provide answers to practical questions about property and legal framework on scientific heritage raised in the field of glaciology. These concepts will be approached from the angles of international environmental and scientific law. A final report based on the 8 Ice Memory workshops will be released in June 2024.
Who can participate? Glaciologists, researchers conducting research abroad, science, environmental and international law researchers.
Our working method: These bi-monthly workshops will be organized from February to June 2024. The formula is based on 1 expert / 1h30. We address two questions, plus one general question linked to Ice Memory heritage.

Contact Ice Memory Law and Governance Chair : theo.abadie@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr

More info about the Ice Memory International Research Chair

Why a serie of 8 workshops?
Since 2015, the Ice Memory Foundation aims to collect and preserve ice cores drilled from glaciers in danger of disappearing due to global warming. Safeguarding these ice cores is key to providing scientific advances and knowledge in the decades to come. Recognized and encouraged by UNESCO, this ice core heritage will be preserved for future generations in a dedicated sanctuary in Antarctica managed under international governance.

Constituting the Ice Memory heritage involves a number of original legal questions such as their long-term preservation in an Antarctic sanctuary, the protection of data resulting from scientific research on these ice cores and, more broadly, the international governance of this heritage. The Ice Memory Law and Governance Chair has been created precisely to meet these legal challenges.
The Ice Memory Law & Governance International Research Chair is supported by the Ice Memory Foundation for the 2023-2026 period, thanks to its major donors. A special thank you to Fondation Prince Albert 2 de Monaco!
Contact us: icememorychair@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr

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Updated on  April 19, 2024