Protection of Cultural Property in Armed Conflict: What Can We Do? – Talk by Ms. Margherita D’Ascanio

In conjunction with the “Syria, Yemen, Iraq: The Risk of Forever Being Lost”Photo Exhibition, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia would like to invite you to a talk: Protection of Cultural Property in Armed Conflict: What Can We Do? Which will be held on 8th of December 2017. The details are as follow:


Time: 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Venue: Education Briefing Area, IAMM


International Humanitarian law obliges parties involved in an armed conflict to protect and respect cultural property. It prohibits direct attacks against, wilful or excessive damage to, military use and theft of cultural property. However, conflicts and wars of recent did not reflect adherence towards such practices. Instead we witness historic buildings, relics and properties laid to waste severing the victims of war ties with their history and identity. What is more horrible, this ignorance is depriving future generations the opportunity to reconnect and appreciate the beautiful and glorious traditions of their ancestors.


Speaker’s Profile

Our speaker, Margherita D’Ascanio will share her insight and experience on this issue. She is a Regional Legal Adviser at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Prior to joining the ICRC in 2014, she worked for several law firms and NGOs, as well as the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. In 2016, she was Teaching Assistant at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. She holds an LL.M from this same institution and is a Ph.D candidate at the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva.


This talk is free and open to public. Register your interest with or 03-2092 7032/7033/7038.