The 2016 National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition
There are still two weeks left to register for the Seventh Annual Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition, co-sponsored by DePaul University College of Law and the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation! The Oral Arguments for the 2016 Competition will be held on February 26th and 27th, 2016 at the Everett M. Dirksen United States Courthouse, home of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in Chicago, Illinois.
The 2016 Competition will focus on the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and other procedural issues raised by a suit brought in U.S. court by the Acropolis Museum against the British Museum seeking restitution to Greece of the Parthenon Marbles.
The competition is open to 26 two- and three-member student teams from ABA-accredited or provisionally accredited law schools. Schools may register up to two teams at a rate of $450.00 per team. The registration deadline is November 19, 2015. The problem will be released on November 20, 2015. Visit the competition website at go.depaul.edu/chmoot for additional details or to register a team. Contact the Competition Board at email@example.com with any questions.
Attorneys interested in serving as judges or brief graders should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. CLE credit is available for attorneys who participate as judges.
Congratulations to LCCHP Executive Director Leila Amineddoleh on the recovery of stolen art
A decades-long ownership dispute over a valuable 13th-century Italian painting—which some claim is by Italian master painter Duccio de Bouninsegna ("Duccio")—that was stolen in Europe nearly 30 years ago—finally turned a corner yesterday when a judge signed off on a settlement agreement stipulating that the work will be offered at public sale. The document names nearly 30 individuals, who are heirs of the original owners and who claim to have an interest in the work. Galluzzo & Amineddoleh, co-founded by Executive Director Leila Amineddoleh, litigated the civil forfeiture matter and negotiated a settlement returning all ownership interest to their clients.
The LCCHP, its Executive Director Leila Amineddoleh, and its Founding President Patty Gerstenblith were featured in the International Business Times.
The International Business Times featured LCCHP's Executive Director and its Founding President in a recent article about antiquities smuggled into the US. The article discussed topics examined during LCCHP's annual conference. Read the article here.
Tom Kline, Leila Amineddoleh, and Patty Gerstenblith will all be featured at an art law conference on February 18.
LCCHP Board Member Tom Kline, Executive Director Leila Amineddoleh, and founding president Patty Gerstenblith will all be participating in an art law conference, "Protecting Art and Cultural Property Through International Law" at American University Law School in Washington, DC. Read more about the conference here.
LCCHP Board Members featured at conference, "After the Monuments Men: Nazi-Era Art, Modern Legal Problems"
LCCHP Board Members Tom Kline and Lucille Roussin, in addition to experts Jen Kreder, Simon Frankel, and Josh Knerly spoke about legal issues related to Nazi-era art. A recording of the proceedings is listed below:
LCCHP's founding president, Patty Gerstenblith, is featured in the Chicago Tribune
The article discusses Prof. Gerstenblith's inspiring career and stellar work in the field of cultural heritage protection.
LCCHP President, Vice-President and Executive Director on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
LCCHP's President, Elizabeth Varner, Vice-President, Diane Penneys Edelman, and Executive Director, Leila Amineddoleh, respond to Walter Olson's piece on NAGPRA and counter his assertion that the Act has the opposite effect of what Congress intended: http://jurist.org/hotline/2015/01/varner-edelman-amineddoleh-nagpra.php
LCCHP Executive Director's Article on the Parthenon Marbles
LCCHP's Executive Director, Leila Amineddoleh, discusses the history of the Parthenon Marbles and why the British Museum should return them to Greece: http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2014/12/23/the-british-museum-should-return-the-parthenon-marbles-to-greece/
LCCHP Board Member, Tom Kline, Litigating a Case Involving Looted Art in Communist Germany
While the loss and anguish of Nazi art looting is well known, a second series of German art seizures, decades after World War II, has largely gone unnoticed. Between 1973 and 1989 the East German police, known as the Stasi, seized more than 200,000 objects in hundreds of raids, according to experts and official archives. As part of a broader government program to secure Western currency through the sale of the art, the police went after collectors like Mr. Meissner, who, when he objected, was sent, at 79, to a psychiatric hospital and portrayed as an enemy of the state.
LCCHP Board Member and Secretary Quoted in ArtNews
LCCHP's Board Member and Secretary, Rick St. Hilaire, quoted in an ArtNews report about cultural heritage looting (http://news.artnet.com/art-world/could-us-cultural-protection-czar-stop-rampant-isis-looting-173972). Mr. St. Hilaire was also recently named the 2014 Daniel Webster International Lawyer by the New Hampshire Bar Association. Congratulations Rick!
LCCHP's Executive Director Quoted in Article about ISIS
LCCHP's Executive Director, Leila Amineddoleh, discusses the growing market of illicit antiquities entering the art market due to ISIS looting: http://www.ibtimes.com/islamic-state-antiquities-trade-stretches-europe-united-states-1724733
LCCHP's President Attends Museum Conference in Russia
LCCHP was proud to have its president attend the International Council of Museums’ “Museum & Politics International Conference” last month in St. Petersburg, Russia. http://www.museumandpolitics.ru/en/
LCCHP Board Members Speak at U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program on "Mining and Cultural Heritage Preservation"
Representatives from LCCHP met with a delegation from Afghanistan on August 19 to provide an overview of US cultural heritage law and how US addresses issues of historic preservation in the context of mining and exploitation of natural resources. Afghanistan is in the midst of addressing the opportunity for significant economic development and preserving its rich cultural heritage. In particular the Mes Aynak archaeological site, where a 1,800-year-old extensive Kushan Period (Buddhist) settlement, urban, and religious center in Logar Province is believed to sit atop of the largest copper reserve in the country. In 2007 the Chinese state-owned company MCC siegned a $3 billion bid to lease and operationalize copper mining at Mes Aynak for 30 years; MCC plans to extract over $100 billion worth of copper co-located with the numerous archaeological sites that comprise Mes Aynak. Most of the archaeological excavation work has not been completed and has faced significant challenges, due both to inadequate funding and the incredible richness and complexity of the site. While laws governing cultural heritage protection in relation to mining development do exist in Afghanistan, GIRoA (Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan) has had significant problems due to lack of experience balancing the preservation of historic and archaeological sites with developing natural resources and a lack of capacity in enforcing existing laws. The project and meeting funded by DOS is designed to provide awareness and develop capacities for Afghan government and advisory officials who are responsible for the Solomon’s task of balancing these twin priorities: promoting critically necessary economic development opportunities and protecting one of the most significant cultural heritage sites in the world.
LCCHP provided information on US law, process and practincluding lessons learned by the adverse impacts to natural and cultural heritage from copper mining in the US prior to the consultation and process established under the National Historic Preservation Act and National Environmental Policy Act that may be helpful to the Delegation as they deal with the challenges they face in preserving this heritage that is so important to Afghanistan and the world.
National Cultural Heritage Moot Court Competition Champions Named
Chicago-Kent College of Law won the Fifth Annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition held at the Dirksen federal courthouse in Chicago. The annual competition is sponsored by the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation and DePaul University College of Law. Read more about the competition here: http://culturalheritagelawyer.blogspot.com/2014/02/cultural-heritage-moot-court-champions.html
Some members of the LCCHP Board of Directors and Executive Director in Chicago
Archaeological Institute of America's Statement on Egyptian Heritage
Several cultural heritage organizations, including the LCCHP, issued a joint statement today regarding the loss of life and threat to heritage in Egypt. The statement is available at http://archaeological.org/news/14907
LCCHP Executive Director Leila Amineddoleh Quoted in the Wall Street Journal
The article discussses the problems that arise after importing cultural heritage items into the United States. The article is available here
LCCHP board member William Cook presented the oral argument in favor of preservation.
New York Times: Suit Against MoMA Hinges on Technical Time Limits