The 2011 Moot Court Competition: Battle of the Cultural Property Scholar Wits

Posted on September 30, 2010


On February 25th and 26th in Chicago, law students will battle to the death over the recovery of stolen artwork and the Immunity from Seizure Act. The National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition is co-sponsored by DePaul and LCCHP, and I’ll be there with bells on.  Or a robe — whatever judges wear these days.

From the website:

The National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition Board would like to congratulate the participating teams and announce the award winners from the 2010 competition! See them on the Past Competitions page!

DePaul University College of Law and the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation are pleased to announce the second annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition. The competition was created as a means for students to compete through oral and written advocacy in the nuanced field of cultural heritage law. Oral arguments for the 2011 competition will be held on February 25th and 26th at the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago. Judges for the final round will include members of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Cultural heritage law deals with our most prized possessions and often spans beyond national borders, and, inevitably, has become the subject of often contentious legal debates and policies. This dynamic and growing legal field deals with the issues that arise as our society comes to appreciate the important symbolic, historical and emotional role that cultural heritage plays in our lives. It encompasses several disparate areas: protection of archaeological sites; preservation of historic structures and the built environment; preservation of and respect for both the tangible and intangible indigenous cultural heritage; the international market in art works and antiquities; and recovery of stolen art works.