National Cultural Heritage Moot Court Competition Champions Named

Chicago-Kent College of Law won this past weekend's 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:


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


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 at


LCCHP board member William Cook presented the oral argument in favor of preservation.

The New Mexico Supreme Court found that Mt. Taylor was properly designated a cultural property by the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee. The National Trust participated in the litigation and presented oral argument as friend of the court in support of the tribes and the Cultural Properties Review Committee.

 New York Times: Suit Against MoMA Hinges on Technical Time Limits

Jennifer Anglim Kreder, co-chairwoman of the American Society of International Law's Interest Group on Cultural Heritage & the Arts and member of LCCHP, discusses the role timing technicalities play in Nazi-era art claims.

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Museums Advised to Remove Rhinoceros Horns from Display

PR Newswire published the joint statement issued by LCCHP, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Save the Rhino International, and Saving Rhinos LLC on the rise of antique rhinoceros horn thefts and the threat it poses to the world's natural and cultural heritage.  The statement urges museums worldwide to take active measures to protect rhino horns. More information about the connection between antiques, artifacts, and the illicit rhino horn trade is available here

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Animal Nature: Museum Heists Target Rhinoceros Horns

The Lawyers' Committee, along with several other animal welfare groups, issued an alert warning of the threat of rhino horn thefts in museum heists.  Executive Director Terressa Davis comments on the serious threat these heists pose to the species as well as to the public. 

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Forum UNESCO Distributes LCCHP Statement

LCCHP's statement drawing attention to the emergency in Egypt has been distributed by Forum UNESCO - University and Heritage (FUUH), a UNESCO project for undertaking activities to protect and safeguard the cultural and natural heritage, through an informal network of higher education institutions.

National Public Radio: Egypt Called; It Wants Its Rosetta Stone Back

In an interview on National Public Radio, Patty Gerstenblith - Founder and the President of the Lawyers' Committee - comments on Egypt's efforts to recover the Rosetta Stone.

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The Wall Street Journal: Portrait of Notoriety

In this Wall Street Journal editorial, Lawyers' Committee Board Member Thomas Kline reflects on the historic settlement of "United States v. Portrait of Wally," on the eve of its trial in U.S. federal court.

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The Art Newspaper: Greek Bronze Will Stay in the Getty Villa

Lawyers' Committee President Patty Gerstenblith comments on U.S. law as it applies to the ongoing legal dispute between Italy and the Getty Museum over who owns the ancient Greek bronze statute known as the Victorious Youth.

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Voice of America: Officials Debate Ancient Artifacts' Rightful Owners

Tess Davis - Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee - explains key terms and concepts in the debate over who owns the past.

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Chicago Public Radio: Geopolitics of Archaeology

In an interview on Chicago Public Radio, Patty Gerstenblith explains the relationship between stolen antiquities and the law.

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