Obama Appoints Patty Gerstenblith, LCCHP’s First President, to Key Administration Post

08 Jul 2011 5:07 PM | Emily Casey (Administrator)

As a member of LCCHP and a student of Professor Gerstenblith’s at DePaul University College of Law, I am thrilled to offer our congratulations to Patty Gerstenblith on being appointed Chairperson of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC). 

CPAC is part of the U.S. Department of State.  The Committee’s role is to advise the president on appropriate U.S. action in response to requests from State Parties for assistance in protecting their cultural heritage, pursuant to Article 9 of the 1970 UNESCO Convention.  Meetings of the Committee may be convened to review a new request from a foreign government, to consider a proposal to extend an existing agreement, or to conduct reviews of existing agreements.  The Committee provides its findings and recommendations to the Department to consider before making a decision.  The Committee is made up of 11 members representing the interests of museums, the general public, and the views of experts in archaeology or related fields and experts in the international sale of cultural property.

Patty Gerstenblith is a Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Center for Art, Museum and Cultural Heritage Law at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. She is founding president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation and is a director of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield. Professor Gerstenblith has served as Chair, Senior Advisor, and Vice Chair of the Art and Cultural Heritage Law committee of the American Bar Association Section on International Law. From 1995 until 2002, she served as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Cultural Property and from 2000 until 2003 as a member of the United States Cultural Property Advisory Committee. Her publications include the casebook Art, Cultural Heritage and the Law. Professor Gerstenblith received an A.B. in Classical and Near Eastern Archeology from Bryn Mawr College, a Ph.D. in Fine Arts and Anthropology from Harvard University and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.

As an archaeologist, soon to be lawyer, and student of Professor Gerstenblith’s, I cannot think of anyone who is more qualified for this position.  Based on her knowledge and use of the relevant national and international cultural heritage laws alone, she will be an incredible asset and leader for CPAC.

For more information, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/24/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts and http://exchanges.state.gov/heritage/culprop/committee.html.

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