The International Network of Lawyers for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (RIJDEC) is again in the vanguard with two new sections of interest on its website.
A list of references to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is now available. It already includes some fifty references in various documents such as states’ political declarations, legislative and regulatory measures by the governments of States Parties to the Convention, decisions handed down by national judicial bodies, and joint declarations to come out of diplomatic meetings, along with documents from judicial bodies and international organizations. The database is still evolving, and RIJDEC encourages readers to add to it.
The second new addition is the creation of a place for discussion between lawyers and with civil society. RIJDEC members or civil society representatives now have a place of their own on the RIJDEC website where they can ask and answer legal questions as well as questions regarding the interpretation and application of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
How to join the discussion is explained on the website: “To ask a question, simply fill out the form and email it to RIJDEC@fd.ulaval.ca. RIJDEC will then forward your question to its members. Any replies will be sent to the person who asked the question. With the questioner’s approval, answers may be sent to all our members and posted on our website,” writes RIJDEC. The form is available in English, French, and Spanish. Questions may be sent in any of these three languages. Replies will be in the mother tongue of the person replying to the question.