Forever Young: Celebrating 50 Years of the World Heritage Convention

Una Europa, one of the 17 European alliances selected by the European Commission, brings together 9 major European Universities:

  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna
  • Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Helsinki
  • KU Leuven
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Leiden University

The Seed Funding Project “WHC@50 – Forever Young: Celebrating 50 Years of the World Heritage Convention” involves four Una Europa Universities:

  •  University of Edinburgh
  • KU Leuven
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna (as project coordinator)

Theme and goals of the Seed Funding Project WHC@50

In 2022 the World Heritage Convention (WHC) celebrates 50 years. Thanks to its 194 State Parties, the WHC represents a major tool for International (Cultural Heritage) Law, a powerful promotor of cultural identity, and a formidable boost for national economies.

The Una Europa Seed Funding Project “WHC@50” aims to retrace how the WHC was conceived, to present its current formulation and application in practice, to illustrate its meaning for the preservation and enhancement of world heritage governance, to analyse its strenghts and weaknesses, and to indicate its needs for reviews and reforms.

 By combining the insights of jurists, political scientists, historians, architects and economists, WHC@50 embarks on a multi-perspective analysis that will result in a high-quality open access publication.


Elisa Baroncini

Full Professor