Judicial Advocacy

The  Lawyers' Committee aims to be serve as an advocate for cultural heritage, and as such, has submitted amicus briefs in the below cases.

In re: Riven Flamenbaum

The Lawyers' Committee joined several other organizations, nations and other foreign entities in submitting an amicus curiae brief in In Re: Riven Flamenbaum, a case concerning a German Museum's attempt to recover an ancient gold tablet taken during World War II. The amicus brief argued against the recognition of a "spoils of war" doctrine as a theory of lawful taking in times of armed conflict.

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Archaeological Conservancy v. Wilson

The Lawyers' Committee joined the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Society for American Archaeology, and the Archaeological Institute of America in submitting an amicus curiae brief in support of the Archaeological Conservancy in a dispute concerning Texas land with an archaeologically significant site.

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Bakalar v. Vavra

The Lawyers Committee joined several other organizations in submitting an amicus curiae brief in Bakalar v. Vavra, a case involving a claimant's attempt to recover art works taken during the Holocaust. The amicus brief addressed the interpretation of the Swiss good faith purchaser doctrine in determining a transaction in Switzerland allegedly transferring title to the art works.

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Western Watersheds Project v. Bureau of Land Management

The Lawyers' Committee recently joined an amicus curiae brief submitted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Western Watersheds Project v. Bureau of Land Management. The case involves the scope of the President's authority to include management directives in a proclamation declaring national monuments under the Antiquities Act of 1906.

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