In the words of the 1954 Hague Convention, damage to the cultural property of any people or nation is "damage to the cultural heritage of all mankind." But how, in practice, can we protect and preserve cultural heritage in the context of war? What legal regimes govern the protection of movable and immovable cultural heritage in armed conflict? Who are the key actors in the fight to protect cultural heritage? And what are the available legal instruments or judicial mechanisms for the enforcement of cultural property crimes, including looting, illicit traffic, and the deliberate destruction of cultural artifacts?
Join us for a discussion of these and other questions, with Corine Wegener, director of the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative and formerly an Arts, Monuments, and Archives Officer in the US Army Reserve, and Channah Norman, Chief Counsel of the US Army Museums and Professor of Cultural Property & Museum Law at George Washington University, moderated by Alexandra Perloff-Giles, Attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Professor of Law and the Arts at Columbia University. This program is free for law students. Are you a current law student and looking to register for one of our programs? Learn about the D.C. Bar Law Student Community and attend most individual programs at a discounted rate. Find out more here.
Sponsored by: Arts and Entertainment Committee of the D.C. Bar Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Community Related Community of Interest: all D.C. Bar Communities
Channah Norman, Chief Counsel, US Army Museums / Adjunct Professor, George Washington University Museum Studies Program
Corine Wegener, Director, Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI)
Alexandra Perloff-Giles, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher / Adjunct Professor, Columbia University (Moderator)