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The Tulane-Siena Summer Study Institute for International Law, Cultural Heritage & the Arts, 27 May-21 June 2018

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The Institute for International Law, Cultural Heritage & the Arts is co-sponsored by the University of Siena, Tulane Law School and the DePaul University College of Law. The goal of the Institute is to offer the world’s best program for the study of the complex and fascinating relationship between international law and art and cultural property. There could be no better place to pursue such studies than in the artistic treasure that is Siena, set in the heartland of Tuscany (Italy). This year the program will be held from May 27 – June 21, 2018. The program includes a field trip to the Uffizi in Florence, a visit with the Carabinieri, and a field trip to the Etruscan tomb site and museum of Sarteano, as well as walking tours of Siena and visits to its artistic riches.

This year the Boston Museum of Fine Art’s Provenance Curator, Victoria Reed, joins the faculty to teach a one-week Provenance Course during the second week of the regular program. The course is open to the students attending the full course and to those who wish to attend for only the one week. Those students may also attend the regular classes during that week, which will include a special guest lecture by Professor Morag Kersel of DePaul University on the functioning of the international market in archaeological artifacts.

It is an exciting program open to law students (who are eligible to receive transferable academic credits to their home institution), practicing lawyers and non-lawyers alike. You may find more information here: http://www.law.tulane.edu/tlsabroad/Siena.aspx.

Further Background

The Tulane – Siena Institute for International Law, Cultural Heritage and the Arts reinvigorates 20 years of cooperation between the University of Siena Facoltà di Giurisprudenza and Tulane University Law School. The goal of the Institute is to offer the world’s best program for the study of the complex and fascinating relationship between international law, and art and cultural property. There could be no better place to pursue such studies than in the artistic treasure that is Siena.

While classes in the conventional sense will be held at the Facoltà di Giurisprudenza, Siena and Tuscany will be the true classrooms, providing students with the opportunity to see and experience first-hand the problems and issues that shape this field. Classroom lectures will be supplemented extensively with field trips, visits to museums, and guest speakers to take full advantage of the program’s location.

This program provides the only opportunity in the world to study in depth the relationship between international law and art itself, as both physical and intellectual property. Its merit is that it looks to the most basic premise of all: that there can be no preservation of artistic excellence if there is no preservation of art itself. While it is all well and good to speak about the production and dissemination of art, there would be no art or artists without their protection.

While the program is designed primarily for law students, graduate students in other disciplines, such as art, art history, archeology, and anthropology are encouraged to attend. These students bring additional depth to the program, as their insights and perspectives come from a completely different thought process than the legal one. As can be seen from the course descriptions and faculty biographies sections, the program brings together not only international legal scholars, but also scholars with expertise in art and archeology in order to give students in the program a multi-dimensional understanding of the subject matter. This combination of students and faculty members from many different fields removes barriers from the classroom and allows for an interchange of both ideas and opportunities.

Students will also have the opportunity to experience the glory that is Tuscany, often described as “the place where Mother Nature outdid herself.” Should a student desire to see more, the cities of Florence, Pisa, Volterra, Lucca and Arezzo are a short distance away.

In addition, the Tulane-Siena program is delighted to announce that beginning in 2018 Victoria Reed, the Provenance Curator for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, will be offering a course leading to a certificate in provenance research.  This course will be available to both program students and professionals and practitioners, and will include classes on documenting and proving provenance; due diligence and the acquisition process; WWII and Nazi-era provenance research; and other issues related to stolen and forged works of art. See full course details here.   

Internship Programs in Rome, Cambodia and New York are offered based on availability. Please see our Siena internships page for more information.

Program directors are Professors Herbert V. Larson, Jr, Patty Gerstenblith, Francesco Francioni and Riccardo Pavoni.

For any questions, please contact Mallory E. Asp at lawabroad@tulane.edu or 504-865-5990.

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