War and Peace: Art and Cultural Heritage Law in the 21st Century Tuesday 4 March 2008 Cardozo School of Law, New York

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The looting of art and ethnological materials is as old as civilization itself. However, the issue of how to prevent looting during times of both war and peace was first addressed in the 19th century. How to deal with looted cultural material that enters into the international art market remains a highly relevant issue as evidenced by the ongoing looting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Americas. The restitution of art works looted during World War II presents yet other legal issues of ownership and statutes of limitations.

The symposium examined the evolving legislative and legal remedies for cultural heritage objects looted during war and peace. The symposium addressed the following questions: 
 - How can the looting of cultural objects during wartime be prevented? 
 - Once looted, what are the routes by which such objects are disbursed through the art market?  
 - How do cultural objects reify national identity?  
 - What are the legal and administrative channels available to stop the pillage and international trade of looted art?

Symposium Program

10:00am Registration 

10:30am Opening Remarks: Caroline Piela-Cohen, Symposia Editor, CPLPEJ
10:45am Iraq and Afghanistan

    Donny George, former Director General, Iraq Museum former Chairman, Iraqi State Board of  Antiquities and Heritage; Visiting Professor, State University of New York at Stony Brook

    Matthew Bogdanos, Colonel, US Marine Corps

    Brian Rose, President, Archaeological Institute of America; Curator-in-Charge, Mediterranean Section, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

    Patty Gerstenblith, Director, Program in Cultural Heritage Law, DePaul University College of Law

12:00 Lunch

1:30pm Archaeology in the Americas

    Sharon Cohen Levin, Chief, Asset Forfeiture Unit, US Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York

    Terence N. D’Altroy, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

    Todd Swain, Park Ranger and Special Agent, National Park Service

    Robert Palmer, National Park Service NAGPRA Civil Penalties Investigator, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences, Loras College

    Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program, National Park Service

3:15pm World War II

    Lucille A. Roussin, Professor, Cardozo School of Law

    Monica Dugot, Director of Restitution, Senior Vice President, Christie’s International

    Lucian Simmons, Worldwide Head of Restitution, Senior Vice President, Sotheby’s, New York

    John J. Byrne Jr., Founding Partner, Byrne Goldenberg & Hamilton

    Howard Spiegler, Partner, Herrick, Feinstein

4:45pm Summary Session: What are the different approaches to returning cultural property and do they work?

    Lucille A. Roussin, Professor, Cardozo School of Law

6:00pm Cocktail Reception

Symposium details
Benjamin N Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Avenue (at 12th St.)
New York, NY 10003
Tel: +1 212 790 0453.

The Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal (CPLPEJ) is a multidisciplinary publication dedicated to discussing and analyzing the policy implications of governmental actions, how lawyers advocate in the public interest, and how the ethical choices of legal workers affect the law and the public at large. CPLPEJ published writing in all areas of the law, including consitutional law, family law, legal ethics, criminal law, civil rights law, immigration law, environmental law, civil law, labor law, animal rights law, and sexual orientation law. The Journal is committed to a non-ideological investigation of issues, and accepts submissions from philosophers, economists, sociologists, activists, lawyers, and other professionals.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation( LCCHP) is a nonprofit organization of lawyers and law students who have joined together to promote the preservation and protection of cultural heritage resources in the United States and internationally through education and advocacy. 

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