Few institutions are as reliably at the forefront of issues of cultural property law as the DePaul University School of Law in Chicago. Not surprisingly, they have another terrific event coming up. I’ll be at the street art CLE I am giving at the New York City Bar Association, but otherwise I would make every effort to be there and I encourage anyone interested to do the same. The presenters are experts and luminaries of the highest order.From the event description:
Join us on November 1 and 2, 2017, for our conference Human Rights and Cultural Heritage: A New Paradigm. The conference will begin the evening of Nov. 1 with a screening and panel discussion of the documentary The Destruction of Memory and will continue on Nov. 2 with a full day of exciting panels and lectures (separate registration is required for each day). 2.0 CLE credits are available for the Nov. 1 program and 6.75 CLE credits, plus1 Ethics Credit, are available for the Nov. 2 program.
In the past year, the United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights has illustrated clearly the important tie between local communities and cultural heritage, as well as the better known paradigm of a universal interest in the preservation of our shared global heritage. In 2016, the International Criminal Court carried out the first prosecution where the sole charge was the war crime of the intentional destruction of cultural heritage during armed conflict based on the destruction of mosques and mausolea at the World Heritage site of Timbuktu in Mali. These events, as well as recent controversies such as the threat to U.S. indigenous cultural heritage through construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, indicate that this is a critical juncture in scholarly attention to the bond between human rights and cultural heritage.
The conference will bring together experts from the fields of anthropology and law to examine the connection between a just society and the protection of cultural heritage for the benefit of all. It will feature the following panels and speakers:
- Intangible Cultural Heritage and Human Rights: Morag Kersel, Justin B. Richland, George Nicholas, Catherine Bell
- Environmental Justice and Cultural Rights: Patty Gerstenblith, Rosemary Coombe, Dean Suagee, Dorothy Lippert
- Featured Lecturer Karima E. Bennoune, Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights, United Nations
- Featured Lecturer Shamila Batohi, Senior Legal Advisor to the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
- Sovereigns vs. Peoples: Who Has Rights to Cultural Heritage: Lubna S. El-Gendi, Sarah Dávila-Ruhaak, Rebecca Tsosie
- Resolving Cultural Heritage Disputes Through Alternative Dispute Resolution: Giving Peace a Better Chance (Ethics Panel): Thomas R. Kline, Stacey Jessiman de Nanteuil, Alessandro Chechi, Lori Breslauer
Space is limited and no tickets will be sold at the door. Breakfast and lunch will be served and the conference will close with a small reception.