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Dr Hanna Schreiber

Dr Hanna Schreiber
Assistant Professor
Section of Law and International Institutions


PhD in the humanities cum laude (January 2012) at the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw; academic teacher since 2006; holder of M.A. diplomas cum laude in Law (October 2005) and in Political Science (June 2006), as well as in History of Art (July 2010). In academic year 2004/2005  scholarship at the Ludwig – Maximilians Universität in Munich, Faculty of Law.

2012-2015 – scholarship of the Minister of Science and Higher Education for young prominent scientists.

Member: National Board of Intangible Cultural Heritage (advisory body to the Minister of Culture and National Heritage), Deputy President of this Board and head of the Working Group on Legal and Strategic Aspects of Intangible Cultural Heritage Safeguarding, Scientific Board of Folk Artists Association, Council of Living Culture Foundation, Polish Association of International Studies, Polish Branch of International Law Association.

Selected recent activities on the international level:

  • participant in the 7th General Assembly of States Parties to the 2003 UNESCO Convention and in the ICH NGO Forum (June 2018,)
  • speaker at international conferences at the University of Trieste (Italy) and on V4 conference in Hungary on intangible cultural heritage matters (May 2018),
  • speaker at the international conference organized at Sun Yat Sen University in Guangzhou “Intangible cultural heritage and ethics” (December 2017),
  • co-organizer of the side-event during 41st World Heritage Committee session in Kraków titled: “Bulding bridges between 1972 and 2003 UNESCO Conventions” (July 2017),
  • main coordinator of the first nomination from Poland to UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (Nativity scene – szopka – tradition in Kraków, March 2017),
  • main coordinator of the application of the Association of Folk Artists for accreditation by the 2003 UNESCO Convention (April 2017),
  • programme and thematic coordinator of the 1st China-Central and Eastern European Countries Expert-Level Forum on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, (Kraków, October 2016),
  • member of the Polish delegation to Unesco 2003 Convention meetings in Paris (June 2016), Addis Abeba (December 2016), Jeju, Korea (December 2017), Paris (June 2018)
  • member of the European Union research grant “The Right to Cultural Heritage in the European Union – Heuright” ( 2015-2018, within Horizon 2020, responsible for the research on intangible cultural heritage,
  • co-organizer of the section “Culture(s) in International Relations” during 8th PanEuropean Conference of International Relations (Warsaw, September 2013),
  • participant in Multi-National Experiment 6 led by NATO and USJFCOM (2009-2010), secretary of the Polish team of civil and military experts.

Independent expert cooperating (also as trainer, lecturer or peer-reviewer) with the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, Polish National Commission for UNESCO, National Heritage Board, National Defense Academy, NATO Military Police Centre of Excellence,  UNESCO Communication and Information Sector and UNESCO Secretariat of Intangible Heritage Convention 2003.

Lecturer and participant at international meetings, conferences, workshops or seminars concerning culture and cultural heritage in Hungary, Greece, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Italy, Great Britain, France, Russia, Latvia, Ethiopia, China, Korea and India.

Areas of Expertise and Research Interests

Intercultural dimension of international relations, contemporary intercultural relations, international cultural heritage law (with a special focus on intangible),  cultural dimension of human rights.

Interdisciplinary approach to research methodology in IR, including international law, cultural anthropology and sociology.


Multiculturalism in International Relations [in English], Cultural Anthropology for IR, Introduction to Sociology of IR, Cross-cultural awareness, Culture and Cultural Heritage in International Law [in English].

Seminar Themes

Culture and society in international relations and international law.

Major Publications

Publications available on-line via
Upcoming (Spring 2018):
Guest editor (with Lucas Lixinski) of the “Santander Art and Culture Law Review” – volume dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the 2003 UNESCO Convention on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage
Selected books (author and editor): 
Schreiber H. (ed.), Intangible cultural heritage. Safeguarding Experiences in Central and Eastern European Countries and China – 10th Anniversary of Entry into Force of the 2003 UNESCO Convention through the Prism of Sustainable Development, 475 s., National Heritage Board of Poland, Warsaw 2017,
[paralel Polish version: Schreiber H. (red.), Niematerialne dziedzictwo kulturowe. Doświadczenia w ochronie krajów Europy Środkowej i Wschodniej oraz Chin – 10-lecie wejścia w życie Konwencji UNESCO z 2003 roku w perspektywie zrównoważonego rozwoju, 507 s., Narodowy Instytut Dziedzictwa, Warszawa 2017];
Culture(s) in International Relations, Frankfurt am Main – New York: Peter Lang 2017, (editor and co-author, with. G. Michałowska);

UNESCO Conventions in the Field of Culture. A Commentary, (with: K. Zalasińska, W. Kowalski, K. Piotrowska-Nosek), Wolters Kluwer Publishing, Warsaw 2014 (author of commentaries to 1954 and 2003 UNESCO Conventions, in Polish);

The Concept of “Primitive Art”. Discovery, Acquaintance and Domestication of the Other in the Western World, Warsaw 2012 (in Polish, summary of the book in English and German).

Selected articles:

Intangible cultural heritage, Europe and the European Union: dangerous liasons? [in:] A. Jakubowski, F. Fiorentini, K. Hausler (ed.), Cultural Heritage, Cultural Rights and the European Union: A Critical Inquiry, Brill 2018 [in print];

10 Remarks on 10th Anniversary of the Entry into Force of the 2003 Convention, [in:] Schreiber H. (ed.), Intangible cultural heritage, Warsaw 2017, s. 434-471;

“Intangible cultural heritage and soft power – exploring the relationship”, International Journal of Intangible Heritage, vol. 12, 2017;

Cultural genocide – culturecide: unfinished or rejected project of international law? in:  Schreiber H., Michałowska G. (eds), Culture(s) in International Relations, Peter Lang, Frankfurt – New York 2017;

Intangible cultural heritage. Between terra incognita and terra nullius? in: Rottermund A. (ed.), Why and how shall we protect cultural heritage?, Polish Commission for UNESCO, Warsaw 2014 (in Polish);

“International Protection of Culture and Cultural Heritage of Indigenous Peoples”, Stosunki Międzynarodowe-International Relations, No. 1-2, Vol. 35 / 2007 (in Polish);

“International Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage”, Stosunki Międzynarodowe-International Relations, No. 3-4, Vol. 33 / 2005 (in Polish);

Patrymonializacja w stosunkach międzynarodowych. Wybrane tendencje w międzynarodowej ochronie dziedzictwa kulturowego (2006-2016) 

[Patrimonialization in International Relations. Selected tendencies in international protection of cultural heritage, 2006-2016], [in:] Księga jubileuszowa z okazji 40-lecia Instytutut Stosunków Międzynarodowych Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, Wydawnictwo Scholar 2016, s. 385-398 (in Polish);

Metoda etnograficzna w badaniu stosunków międzynarodowych – uwagi wstępne [Ethnographic method in international relations research], „Stosunki Międzynarodowe – International Relations” 2016, t. 52, nr 1, s. 285-301 (in Polish);

W stronę prawa do kultury? [Towards the right to culture?], [in:] E.Mikos-Skuza, K. Sałaciński (red.), Ochrona dziedzictwa kultury w czasie konfliktów zbrojnych w świetle prawa międzynarodowego i krajowego. 60-lecie konwencji haskiej i 15-lecie jej  Protokołu II, Wojskowe Centrum Edukacji Obywatelskiej, Warszawa 2015: 63-86 (in Polish, , with A. Budziszewska);

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