A tale of three cities and international law

23 August 2021

Last July, an international organization meeting in an Asian city took historic decisions that will influence the fate of three European cities for years to come. At its 44th session, held in Fuzhou and online, the World Heritage Committee (WHC) stripped Liverpool of its World Heritage List (WHL) title. The same day, Vienna was removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger, and Venice narrowly escaped being included in it.

Carlo Colombo

Carlo Maria Colombo is Assistant Professor of Administrative Law and Governance at the Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University. He holds a Ph.D. (2015) from the University of Pavia (Italy).


Colombo's research focuses on EU and comparative administrative law, particularly on the dynamics between law and governance in multi-level and multi-actor settings. His research interests span from the multi-level coordination of administrations in the field of EU state aid law to the new modes of governance in the EU and at local level. He also conducts interdisciplinary research combining different research methods. His work has been published in European Law Journal, European Public Law, the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, the Review of European Administrative Law, Nederlands Juristenblad, and Rivista Italiana di Diritto Pubblico Comunitario.


At the Faculty of Law, he is part of the Maastricht Centre for European Law and of the Institute for Transnational Legal Research.