ASIL Cultural Heritage & the Arts Interest Group 2012 Panel and Dinner in DC

Posted on March 13, 2012



As Chair of the Executive Board for the American Society for International Law (ASIL) Cultural Heritage & the Arts Interest Group (CHAIG), I’m thrilled to announce that the group has put together an outstanding panel and dinner for the ASIL annual meeting in DC later this month.

The dinner will take place on March 29th at 6:30pm at Mie n Yu, within walking distance of the ASIL annual meeting. Registration for the three-course meal costs $65, which covers costs. The Lawyer’s Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (LCCHP) has kindly provided the infrastructure for online registration for the dinner.

The CHAIG panel the following day should be outstanding: Confronting Complexity in the Preservation of Cultural Property: Monuments, Archives, and History. The panel will be moderated by Irina Tarsis from the Cardozo School of Law, and the speakers will be:

  • Patty Gerstenblith, DePaul University College of Law
  • Bonnie Czegledi, Czegledi Art Law
  • Thomas R. Kline, Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Jan Hladik, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

The panel will address the role of international law in protecting monuments, archives and other cultural property. Recent events in Egypt and Libya as well as new attacks on cemeteries in Lithuania and Ukraine spell a growing threat to our common cultural heritage. The speakers will discuss various responses – for example, in some instances sanctions or re-designation by UNESCO have been necessary to stop destruction of architectural monuments, while elsewhere a joint committee effort has sufficed to protect burial grounds; whereas agreements to digitize archival materials may be satisfactory, in other circumstances only an outright return and reburial of artifacts will satisfy the wronged side.

The panel will run from 2:15 to 3:45pm and is approved for CLE credit.

Get more details or register for the ASIL meeting and CHAIG panel here.