Summer Programs in Cultural Property Law

The Tulane-Siena Institute For International Law & The Arts

Tuesday, June 3 – Friday, June 27, 2014

The Tulane – Siena Institute for International Law, Cultural Heritage and the Arts reinvigorates 20 years of cooperation between the University of Siena Facoltà di Giurisprudenza and Tulane University Law School.  The goal of the Institute is to develop the world’s best program for the study of the complex and fascinating relationship between international law, and art and cultural property.  There could be no better place to pursue such studies than in the artistic treasure that is Siena.   
While classes in the conventional sense will be held at the Facolta di Giurisprudenza, Siena and Tuscany will be the true classrooms, providing students with the opportunity to see and experience first-hand the problems and issues that shape this field.  Classroom lectures will be supplemented extensively with field trips, visits to museums, visits to private collections, and guest speakers to take full advantage of the program’s location.

This program provides the only opportunity in the world to study in depth the relationship between international law and art itself, as both physical and intellectual property.  Its merit is that it looks to the most basic premise of all: that there can be no preservation of artistic excellence if there is no preservation of art itself.  While it is all well and good to speak about the production and dissemination of art, there would be no art or artists without their protection. 

While the program is designed primarily for law students, graduate students in other disciplines, such as art, art history, archeology, and anthropology are encouraged to attend.  These students bring another level of depth to the program, as their insights and perspectives come from a completely different thought process than the legal one.  As can be seen from the course descriptions and faculty biographies sections, the program brings together not only international legal scholars, but also scholars with expertise in art and archeology in order to give students in the program a multi-dimensional understanding of the subject matter.  This combination of students and faculty members from many different fields removes barriers from the classroom and allows for an interchange of both ideas and opportunities. 

In addition to exploring Siena, students will also have the opportunity to experience the glory that is Tuscany, often described as “the place where Mother Nature outdid herself.”  Should a student desire to see more, the cities of Florence, Pisa, Volterra, Lucca and Arezzo are a short distance away. 

For more information, visit the official website

Tulane Internship in the Kingdom of Cambodia

Flexible Dates

The Khmer Empire was once the most powerful force in Southeast Asia. More than 500 years after its collapse, its splendor survives in the art and archaeology of Cambodia. This heritage is among the kingdom’s most important resources, but having survived centuries of war and abandonment, may be destroyed by its own popularity. Looters are decimating ancient Khmer sites --- desecrating tombs, beheading statues, and ransacking temples --- in search of valuable antiquities to sell on the international market.

In response to this plunder, the Kingdom of Cambodia's Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts (MOCFA) is launching a department to study and combat the illicit antiquities trade. Thanks to a partnership with Tulane Law School, graduate students now have an unprecedented opportunity to become involved in this exciting work. Selected interns will travel to the capital of Phnom Penh, where they will work alongside Cambodian and international colleagues, assisting the government in one of its most crucial efforts.

In addition to making a valid contribution to Cambodia, interns will benefit from their work by: 

    • becoming competent in legal research, using both print and electronic resources, as well as archival research;
    • developing a pragmatic understanding of a foreign legal system and public international law;
    • analyzing legislation and making recommendations for improvement;
    • assisting in the drafting of regulations, sub-decrees, and decrees; and
    • gaining hands-on experience in cultural property law, a fast growing legal field of increasing importance
    We are looking for approximately 5 interns to work in Cambodia for a minimum of four weeks (six weeks is the preferable length).   Due to the project's large scope, there is much room to accomodate the students' individual qualifications and interests. The most important undefined and nonegotiable undefined quality is the willingness and ability to live and work in a developing country. Preferably applicants will have traveled overseas, and in the third world, but what they lack in such experience they could make up for in enthusiam. As for other requirements, a background in civil law would be helpful, as would a reading knowledge of French. An understanding of international law is also very important.

    For more information, visit the official website

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