Research Project: World Heritage Protection

World Heritage Protection in Southeast Asia: Successful Legal Transplants or Unsuccessful Mutations?

Using legal geography as a framing device, I continue to undertake an analysis of legal conditions in protected area regimes across Southeast Asia. In particular, my concern is to focus the analysis on specific places across the region – World Heritage sites in mainland Southeast Asia. This work builds on my existing scholarship that explores the ways in which international heritage obligations, embodied in the World Heritage Convention, take shape ‘on-the-ground’ (see previous publications).  My research examines the ways in which different places (World Heritage sites) interpret and enact global protection obligations. I am seeking to investigate whether laws borne from Western ideals can successfully translate to non-Western settings. This research thus seeks to identify and articulate international, national and localized legal regimes in light of local perspectives about the role of laws and pre-existing ideas about law vis-à-vis social norms and expectations.

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