Cultural Property Law on March 10, 2010: Bullfighting, Shaolin Monks, Shipwrecks, et al.

Posted on March 10, 2010


I’m going to try a new format, only a little bit inspired from Derek Fincham’s occasional “Footnotes” format.  It is also inspired by my seeing all these great news bites when I go through my reader in the morning and not having the time to give you witty commentary on them all.  Without further adieu, I present you, “Cultural Property Law News: March 10, 2010.”

  • China has chosen only one site to bid as a “World Cultural Heritage” for 2010 – Songshan Mountain (I would guess they mean as a World Heritage Site).  The famous Shaolin Temple is at this site.  The link has gorgeous photos of the complex.
  • Conservatives in Spain seek to have bullfighting designated as cultural heritage so that it can be protected via legislation.
  • El Salvador and the U.S. have agreed to extend import restrictions created pursuant to the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act.  Peter Tompa posted some  comments on the extension.
  • The Deputy Ministry of Tourism in Ghana says the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture has a responsibility to facilitate the promotion of choral music since it has been designated as cultural heritage.
  • India’s government is launching a campaign to document all of the country’s antiques and artifacts.
  • Salazar is scheduled to give a decision on the Cape Wind project in mid-April.  Apparently the Native communities passed on a $1,000,000 offer to give up their opposition.  I discussed this project here on the CPAL blog here and here.
  • Manchester (UK) seeks to right the socio-economic bias presented in history by reopening a museum dedicated to the working class, and making industrial sites available for tours.
  • Scientists attempt to evict feral animals from the Ogasawara Islands (Japan) amid moves to obtain Natural World Heritage Status.
  • Twelve well-preserved shipwrecks have been discovered in the Baltic Sea by a pipeline company building an underwater pipeline between Germany and Russia.  The oldest shipwrecks dates back to 800 years.

Feel free to let me know what you think about this format.  If it flies, I’ll do it a little more often, like on groggy mornings when I’ve got nothing clever to say.