Collecting Chinese Art and Antiquities: Hot Trade Heats Up (4 May 2007)

4 May 2007

2007 Spring Meeting, Washington D.C.

American Bar Association, Section of International Law

Collecting Chinese antiquities is back in fashion today. This program seeks to investigate some of the legal and ethical dilemmas of contemporary collecting in this field. China is one of the largest source countries for antiquities in the world and has requested a bilateral agreement with the United States to help curb some of the illicit trafficking of cultural property currently taking place. Although CPAC (the Cultural Property Advisory Committee) in Washington has met to discuss this request for a new bilateral agreement with China in conjunction with a public session, a decision on whether there should be an agreement is still pending. The issues to be examined in this program include looting of archeological sites; unprovenanced cultural property; and the problem of fakes and forgeries and authenticity -- discussed from various points of view and ideologies.

Sponsoring Committee:

International Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee, American Bar Association
Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation

Program Co-Chairs:
Cristian Defrancia, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, The Hague, Netherlands
Lucille A. Roussin, Law Office of Lucille A. Roussin, New York, NY

Bonnie Czegledi, Institute of Art and Cultural Heritage, Toronto, ON, Canada

Jerome L. Hanifin, Serko Simon Gluck & Kane LLP, New York, NY
Dr. Patty Gerstenblith, DePaul College of Law, Chicago, IL
James L. Lally, (Invited), JJ Lally & Co., New York, NY
Dr. Anne Underhill, (Invited), The Field Museum, Chicago, IL

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