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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), vice-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.

Selected recent activities on the international level:

  • Main coordinator of the first nomination from Poland to UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (Nativity scene – szopka – tradition in Krakow, March 2017),
  • programme and thematic coordinator of the 1st China-Central and Eastern European Countries Expert-Level Forum on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Krakow, October 2016),
  • Member of the Polish delegation to Unesco 2003 Convention meetings in Paris (June 2016) and Addis Abeba (December 2016),
  • 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 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, Ethiopia 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, Cultural Anthropology for IR, Introduction to Sociology of IR, Cross-cultural awareness, Culture in International Law.

Seminar Themes

Culture and society in international relations.

Major Publications

Selected books (author and editor): 
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);

The Concept of “Primitive Art”. Discovery, Acquaintance and Domestication of the Other in the Western World, Warsaw 2012.

Selected articles:

“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).

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