Cultural Property Seminar
Fall 2012 • LAW 607 • Credits: 3
Instructor: Dominick Vetri
Explores the identity, ownership, protection, appropriation, and restitution of both tangible and intangible cultural heritage (property of great significance to the cultural heritage and cultural survival of a people). Broadly, the seminar will involve reading and discussion of many of the legal and ethical aspects of the following: the illicit international trade in cultural heritage; national and international attempts to control such trade; the management of museums regarding such trade; protection of cultural heritage during war and other armed conflicts with a special focus on the Iraq and Afghan wars; restitution of Holocaust era art works; maritime archaeological resources (sunken ships); preservation of historic structures; indigenous cultural appropriation and restitution with a focus on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA); problems related to cultural tourism; general issues involved in the protection of cultural heritage and cultural resource management.