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The Monuments Men, Social Media, the Law and Cultural Heritage

Historical, Political, Social and Cultural Perspectives on the Protection of Cultural Heritage in Times of Armed Conflict

Friday, November 1, 2013
Fordham Law Scho
ol, McNally Amphitheatre

140 W. 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023


The Monuments Men, a star-studded film directed by George Clooney, is scheduled for release on December 18, 2013. The film, based on the book of the same name by Robert Edsel, tells a story based on the work of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program, which was responsible for protecting and saving works of art and cultural heritage during World War II. As the protection of cultural heritage in times of armed conflict and otherwise takes center stage--quite literally--in the public consciousness, LCCHP’s Fifth Annual Conference seeks to explore a variety of perspectives on the issue.

Focusing mostly, but not exclusively, on looting and destruction in the context of warfare and civil unrest, the Conference will consist of a full day of panels that trace historic looting, prevention and remediation and restitution efforts from the Second World War to modern day pillaging. The Conference, hosted by LCCHP, Fordham Law School, and the American Society of International Law (ASIL), will seek to:

  • honor the monuments officers of WWII fame;

  • review their successes and consider the legacy of their unfinished work;

  • study more recent examples of prevention efforts in times of armed conflict;

  • introduce efforts to address these problems currently being undertaken by museums and the art market, US armed forces, law enforcement and others; and

  • consider the role of various media, including The Monuments Men film and Internet resources, in publicizing the issue and raising cultural awareness.

REGISTER ONLINE and join us at our fifth annual conference on November 1, 2013 in New York, NY! We hope this event will provide a rich and illuminating context for the forthcoming film and for the ever-growing public interest in cultural heritage preservation. Check back for details, updates, and the final program.


Comfort Inn
31 W 71st St, New York, NY 10023

Casablanca Hotel
147 West 43rd Street, Times Square, New York, NY 10036

Hotel Giraffe
365 Park Avenue South At 26th St., New York, NY 10016

Courtyard by Marriott
Times Square 307 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018

TRYP by Wyndham
Times Square South 345 West 35 Street, New York, NY 10001

Sanctuary Hotel New York
132 West 47th Street, Times Square, New York, NY 10036

Holiday Inn Express NYC
Herald Square 36th St 60 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10001

Other Accommodations:

'The Monuments Men' Links:

Interview: George Clooney Talks 'The Monuments Men'

Film Trailer #1

Film Trailer #2 (From Huffington Post: "New 'Monuments Men' Trailer Gets Serious")

The American Society of International Law Cultural Heritage and the Arts Interest Group





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

Continuing Legal Education Credits: $150**
(registration forthcoming)

**CLE pending approval of the New York State Bar of Continuing Legal Education. Up to 7 credits will be available in NY, 6 in other jurisdictions. We will work with you to transfer credits to other states. If you would like more information, please email us.

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Program Summary

Panel 1
The protection of monuments in Europe and Asia during WWII, law governing the “Spoils of War Doctrine,” legacy issues for museums and the art market

Panel 2
Prevention efforts in problem areas since WWII: Evolution of U.S. law, policy and practice

Lunchtime Conversation with Lynn H. Nicholas, Independent Researcher and Author, The Rape of Europa

Panel 3
Present-day initiatives to prevent and remedy looting and the trade of works looted during times of conflict

Panel 4
The use of the Internet, social media, television, news industry and film to raise awareness of looting, theft, and cultural heritage issues.

Afterword by Robert Edsel, Author and President, Monuments Men Foundation

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