On November 14, 2013, the DePaul University College of Law will be hosting a conference entitled “Restitution and Repatriation: The Return of Cultural Objects.” The conference was initially set for October 29, 2012, however was rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy.
According to the the conference Web site, the conference will “address the underlying legal, ethical, and moral reasons and policies behind the return of cultural objects . . . Participants will discuss the repatriation of cultural objects appropriated in the more distant past whose restitution some view as outside the scope of existing law, but others view as a matter of restitutionary justice. They also will address the repatriation of artifacts looted in recent times whose removal is thought to cause contemporary damage to the cultural heritage of communities and nations and to the historical and archaeological record.”