Cultural diversity

Publications and Studies

The Gérin-Lajoie Doctrine: 50 Years of Québec Action Abroad

In this special issue, the Revue québécoise de droit international recaps and assesses Québec’s initiatives abroad since the Gérin-Lajoie doctrine was established in 1965. This issue also looks into a number of themes that are important for the future of Québec’s international policy.

Two texts discuss culture in particular:

  • “La Convention sur la protection et la promotion de la diversité des expressions culturelles de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’éducation, la science et la culture face aux enjeux et défis du numérique ” (The United Nations Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions for Education, Science, and Culture in light of digital issues and challenges)
  • “L’exercice de la compétence culturelle du Québec au-delà de ses frontières : de la coopération culturelle internationale au développement du droit international de la culture” (Exercising Québec’s cultural competence beyond its borders: from international cultural cooperation to the development of international cultural law)

An overview of the texts

“La Convention sur la protection et la promotion de la diversité des expressions culturelles de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’éducation, la science et la culture face aux enjeux et défis du numérique” (The United Nations Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions for Education, Science, and Culture in light of digital issues and challenges)

In this article, Michèle Rioux and Destiny Tchéhouali analyze Convention Parties’ engagement in recent years with respect to the impact of digital technologies on the diversity of cultural expressions.

They turn the spotlight on France’s and Canada’s awareness strategy and national and international appeal to better adapt cultural policies and measures to digital issues.

The authors also evoke potential contributions arising from the adoption of operational guidelines for the digital world and the renewal process for public policies, as well as strengthened international cooperation.

“L’exercice de la compétence culturelle du Québec au-delà de ses frontières : de la coopération culturelle internationale au développement du droit international de la culture” (Exercising Québec’s cultural competence beyond its borders: from international cultural cooperation to the development of international cultural law)

In this article, Véronique Guèvremont looks at the multiple forms that exercising Québec’s cultural competence can take internationally. She also examines Québec’s role within various international organisations where culture is discussed, such as UNESCO and the International Organisation of La Francophonie. Furthermore, she discusses the development and strengthening of cultural cooperation through a vast network of bi- and multilateral agreements.

This special issue of the Revue québécoise de droit international is available in French on the Société québécoise de droit international website.