Tuesday, February 19, 2008

War and Peace: Art and Cultural Heritage Law in the 21st Century

Warkahead If I could be anywhere on March 4, I'd be at the Cardozo Public Law, Policy, and Ethics Journal's symposium on War and Peace: Art and Cultural Heritage Law in the 21st Century.  The Cardozo Law School website  says:

Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal and The Lawyer’s Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation are presenting an all-day symposium, on how to prevent looting during times of both war and peace, how to deal with looted cultural material that enters into the international art market, and legal issues related to restitution of art works. Donny George, former director of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad is a presenter.

There's a terrific line-up of speakers:

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, Adjunct Professor, Cardozo School of Law

The illustration of the Warka Head, an antiquity looted from the Iraqi National Museum, comes from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.



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