CFP: Intersections in International Cultural Heritage Law

Call for Papers

Panelists are sought for an international conference on “Intersections in International Cultural Heritage Law,” to be hosted by Georgetown University Law Center (Washington, DC) on March 29, 2016. A recent spate of threats to cultural heritage, including in Syria, Iraq, Nepal, and Yemen, has led to increased focus on the scope of international law governing cultural heritage protection. This conference aims to convene panelists who will present papers that explore primary points of intersection between public international law and cultural heritage law. Interested persons should send an abstract of the proposed paper (no more than 400 words) by Friday, October 30, 2015 (see details). A selection of final conference papers also will be chosen for anticipated publication in a book or volume.

Featured Speakers at the conference will include:

Sir Frank Berman (expected), former Legal Adviser to the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and specialist in international law and international arbitration who successfully represented Cambodia before the International Court of Justice in the Case concerning the Temple of Preah Vihear (Interpretation).

Patty Gerstenblith, Distinguished Research Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law, DePaul University College of Law, and founding President of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation

Roger O’Keefe, Professor of Public International Law at University College London and author of book The Protection of Cultural Property in Armed Conflict 

Panels are expected to focus on some of the following intersections of international cultural heritage law:

 International Humanitarian Law and Cultural Heritage

 International Criminal Law and Cultural Heritage

 Illicit International Trade and Cultural Heritage

 State Immunity, Act of State, and Cultural Heritage

 Cultural Landscapes, Underwater Cultural Heritage, and Intangible Cultural Heritage

 International Human Rights, Indigenous Cultures, and Cultural Heritage

Details and Deadlines: Interested scholars and practitioners should submit an abstract up to 400 words that summarizes the proposed conference paper, along with a short bio (no more than 100 words), to by Friday, October 30, 2015. Selected panelists must submit publishable-quality papers (between 7,500-10,000 words) by March 1, 2016. Failure to submit a finished paper by the deadline may result in the substitution of an alternate panelist.

Preference will be given to papers that explore broader themes and issues in international cultural heritage law that will interest a general body of public international law scholars and practitioners, as well as scholars and practitioners of art and cultural heritage law. Conference papers therefore should fit within a framework of (a) discussing or evaluating the role of international law in protecting and preserving cultural heritage or (b) providing comparative perspectives on how two or more states have interpreted their obligations to protect cultural property under an applicable international legal regime.

Travel grants and stipends are not available. Selected panelists therefore will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodations, although conference discounts will be available at local hotels.

Please email with questions or comments.

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