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Ana Filipa Vrdoijak is a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Sydney. She is currently a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney. She is currently the UNESCO Chair of international law and cultural heritage. Vrdoljak is also president of the International Cultural Property Society (USA). She is the author and editor of various international law and cultural heritage books and articles, including the Oxford Handbook on International Cultural Heritage Law (2020), Co-edited with Francesco Francioni. In addition, she is the general editor– with Francioni– of the Oxford Commentaries on International Cultural Heritage Law (Oxford University Press).

Dr. Lucas Lixinski is Professor at the Faculty of Law & Justice, UNSW Sydney, and Vice-President (Conference) of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies. He is originally from Brazil. His work focuses on the intersections between critical heritage studies and the law, particularly international law and human rights law. His latest book, which uses Chile as a case study, examines the role of cultural heritage in shaping transitional justice (Legalized Identities: Cultural Heritage Law and the Shaping of Transitional Justice, Cambridge University Press 2021). His latest article, which will be the subject of his paper presentation at the Santiago Conference, focuses on the way the idea of “authenticity” has been used in our thinking about heritage as a means to gatekeep and exclude communities from their own cultural heritage (‘Against Authenticity’, International Journal of Heritage Studies, 2022).