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