Looted Art, Cultural Property, and Repatriation Symposium


The Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University School of Law ​hosted a symposium on ​​looted ​art, ​cultural ​property, and ​repatriation.

Friday, September 9, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Texas A&M University School of Law
1515 Commerce Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
6 hours CLE (including 2 hours Ethics).

The event was a ​unique opportunity to engage in one of the most cutting-edge issues in law and art today from the people at the forefront, including the nation's top lawyers, museums, auction houses and scholars.

During World War II, Nazis looted hundreds of thousands of pieces of art from museums, galleries, and private homes across Europe. Families are now seeking the return of Nazi-looted art worldwide; one case, addressing the return of five paintings by Gustav Klimt, made its way to the Supreme Court and then to Hollywood in the blockbuster film Woman in Gold. At "Loot," top figures in this space will discuss complicated issues surrounding stolen art and repatriation--including Don Burris, whose firm helped Marie Altmann recover the Klimt paintings.

Participants included:

  • Don Burris,​ Senior Founding Partner, Burris & Schoenberg, LLP
  • Monica Dugot, Senior Vice President, International Director of Restitution, Christie's
  • Simon Frankel, Chair of Intellectual Property, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Deborah Gerhardt, Associate Professor of Law, University of North Carolina
  • Jennifer Kreder, Professor of Law, Northern Kentucky University
  • Shelley Matthews, Fine Art Appraiser, Advisor, Art Historian at SCM Fine Art Consulting; Instructor, Texas Christian University
  • Marilyn Phelan, Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Law Emeritus and former Professor of Museum Science, Texas Tech University