Summer Programs in Cultural Property Law

The Tulane-Siena Institute For International Law & The Arts

Sunday, May 31 – Thursday, June 25, 2015

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

St. John's Summer Study Abroad Program - Rome

Monday, June 1 - Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Students participating in the Summer Study Abroad program will spend four weeks studying international and comparative law at St. John's Rome campus. 

Art and cultural heritage highlights from past summers include: 

- A private audience with Pope Francis;
- An archeologist-led tour of the Roman Forum;
- A private tour of Villa Giulia to visit repatriated artifacts; 
- An exclusive visit to Biblioteca Casanatense; 
- A food tour highlighting the connection between Italian culture and its cuisine;
- A reception for the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See;
- A private session with a justice from the Constitutional Court of Italy, and a visit to the chambers.

Please note that the St. John's summer program includes International & Cultural Heritage Law as one of its course offerings. 

Program participants will earn a minimum of four and a maximum of six credits. For students from law schools other than St. John's please note that transfer of credits earned during the Rome Summer Program is solely at the discretion of your home institution. Before applying, please consult with your home institution about credit transfer procedure and requirements. 

Applications are accepted and students are admitted to the program on a rolling basis. The admissions deadline is April 30, 2015

The total cost of the program is estimated around $4,850, which includes an administrative fee and double-occupancy housing in a local hotel. There is a non-refundable $600 deposit due with the application. An early bird discount of $250 will be given to applicants who complete and submit their application form and non-refundable deposit by March 15, 2015. Payments are due on or before May 15, 2015. 

For more information about the program and to apply, visit the official website hereYou may also contact director Lucas Rezende, Director of Transnational Programs, at to request a print program brochure and application form.

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