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Cultural Property: Current Problems Meet Established Law

Friday, March 27, 2015



Patty Gerstenblith, Distinguished Research Professor of Law at DePaul University; Director of the DePaul Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law; Founding President of LCCHP; Director of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield; Co-Chair of the ABA's Art and Cultural Heritage Law Committee; Appointed by President Obama to serve as the Chair of the President's Cultural Property Advisory Committee in the U.S. Department of State. 

Mariano Aznar-Gomez, Professor at Universitat Jaume; founding member of the European Society of International Law.  



Salam Al-Kuntar, Lecturer of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania; Research Associate at Penn Cultural Heritage Center.

Leila Amineddoleh, Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation; Partner at Galluzzo & Amineddoleh; Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law and St. John’s University School of Law. 

Margaret Bruchac, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at University of Pennsylvania.

Brian Daniels, Director of Research and Programs at Penn Cultural Heritage Center; Lecturer in the Anthropology Department at the University of Pennsylvania  

Tess Davis, Affiliate Researcher in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow.

Jim GooldOf Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP.

Katharyn Hanson, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Museum's Cultural Heritage Center; Visiting Scholar in the Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Thomas R. Kline, Of Counsel at Andrews Kurth LLP; Professorial Lecturer, Museum Studies, at George Washington University; Director for the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation.

Richard Leventhal, Executive Director of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center; Professor in the University of Pennsylvania Department of Anthropology; Curator in the American Section of the Penn Museum. 

Frank Lord, Partner, Art Law Group, at Herrick, Feinstein LLP.

Victoria Reed, Sadler Curator for Provenance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Lauren Ristvet, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at University of Pennsylvania. 

Timothy Rub, George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Ole Varmer, Attorney-Advisor to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of the General Counsel for International Law; Director for the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation.

Elizabeth Varner, President of the Lawyer’s Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation; Executive Director of the National Art Museum of Sport.

Corine Wegener, Cultural Heritage Preservation Officer at the Smithsonian Institution; Founder of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield.

Susan Wolfinbarger, Project Director for the Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).



Professional (Member): $150 SAVE $50! 
Professional (Non-Member*): $200 
Student (Member): $35 SAVE $30!
Student (Non-member*): $65 

Continuing Legal Education Credits: This program has been approved for 4.5 substantive and 1.0 ethics credit hours for Pennsylvania lawyers.  CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well.  Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $82.50 ($41.25 public interest/nonprofit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. 

*Not a member? Join LCCHP and save on registration while helping us to preserve cultural heritage. You can join for as little as $25. Memberships are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

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The full-day program will take place on Friday, March 27, 2015.  We are proudly co-sponsoring the event with Penn Cultural Heritage Center, which is hosting the conference at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to featuring panels and speakers, the opening reception on the evening of Thursday, March 26 will feature a presentation by international cultural heritage expert, Mariano Aznar-Gomez.

The conference will examine: 
  • Archaeological site looting; 
  • Adequacy of US law, policy and practice in preventing looting and international trade in looted objects; 
  • Museum response to legal environment and collecting ethics; 
  • Due diligence in acquisitions/incoming loans & returns; 
  • Legal framework for the emergency responses to heritage destruction in times of conflict; and 
  • UN Resolution efforts to respond to looting and destruction in Syria.

REGISTER ONLINE and join us at our sixth annual conference on March 27, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA. We hope this event will provide a rich and illuminating context for the ever-growing public interest in cultural heritage preservation. Check back for details, updates, and the final program. 








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