2017 Conference

  • 10 Mar 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Georgetown University-The Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor Lounge


Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation 8th Annual Conference, co-sponsored with The Georgetown Art Law Association. 

Friday, March 10, 2017


Georgetown University Law Center

The Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor Lounge

The Gewirz Student Center faces McDonough Hall (the main Law Center building) 

120 F St NW Washington, DC 20001

Conference Program

8:00 a.m. –9:00 a.m.        Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m. –9:15 a.m.        Welcome Remarks

9:15 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.       Time to Reboot the Antiquities Dealing

Gary Vikan, former director of the Walters Art Museum

9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.     Panel 1: Current Perspectives on Cultural Heritage in Times of Armed Conflict

Topic: Human rights and law of armed conflict; the Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention; possibilities for USCBS as a consulting organization to the new coordinating committee for cultural heritage protection (this was set up through the Engel legislation). 

Knox Thames, Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South/Central Asia, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

Elizabeth Varner,Staff Curator, U.S. Department of the Interior, Interior Museum Program; Adjunct Professor, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law; Board Member, Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation

Nancy C. WilkiePresident, US Committee of the Blue Shield

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.   Break

11:15 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.   "All That Glitters Is Not Gold":Preserving Heritage Is Not Only about Saving a Work of Art

Topic: Discuss the history of museum collecting of antiquities, in particular the role of colonialism in the growth of encyclopedic collections. The talk will then address restitution justice, that is, what museums should do about objects that were acquired lawfully as part of colonialism, but not necessarily ethically.

Patty Gerstenblith, Distinguished Research Professor, DePaul University College of Law, founding President of LCCHP

11:45 a.m. –  1:00 p.m.     Panel 2Update on the most important current indigenous peoples issues in Canada and the US.

Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, Chairwoman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) 

Stacey Jessiman, Lecturer at Stanford University, teaching "Indigenous Cultural Heritage: Protection, Practice, Repatriation"

Marion Werkheiser,Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.       Lunch 

2:15 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.       How Museums Can Help Change the Antiquities Market 

Victoria Reed, Monica S. Sadler Curator for Provenance, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.       Panel 3: Virtual Multimodal Museum (ViMM)

Topic: Discuss Virtual Multimodal Museum (ViMM), a high-visibility and participative Coordination and Support Action (CSA), funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme (CULT-COOP-8-2016)

Moderator: Thomas R. Kline, Partner at Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC ; Professorial Lecturer, George Washington University Museum Studies Program; Interim President for the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation

Marinos Ioannides, Ph.D., Cyprus Technical University and Project Manager, Initial Training Network - Digital Cultural Heritage

Professor Roko Žarnić, University of Ljubljana and co-coordinator of ECTP Focus Area Cultural Heritage (FACH) 

4:10 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.       Talk

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.       Closing Remarks:Cultural Protection as a Refugee’s Personal Journey

Tasoula Georgia Hadjitofi, cultural activist and entrepreneur

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.       Reception

*Attendees seeking CLE credit for LCCHP conference on Friday, March 10, 2017 can pay a $75.00 fee and sign up hereThe program is eligible for 2.5 General CLE credits (60 min states) and 3.0 General CLE credits (50 min states). 

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