Texas A&M Law Hosts Sept. 9 Symposium on Looted Art, Cultural Property and Repatriation

September 7, 2016

LOOT web banner2Fort Worth, TX, – This Friday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., The Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University School of Law will host Loot! Looted Art, Cultural Property, and Repatriation. The symposium will take place in the law school’s conference center and is open to the public.

Featuring the nation's top lawyers, museums, auction houses and scholars, the event will focus on repatriation of art looted by the Nazis during World War II. Families worldwide are now seeking the return of Nazi-looted art; 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 Texas A&M School of Law, top figures in this space will discuss complicated issues surrounding stolen art and repatriation. Participants include Don Burris, whose firm helped Marie Altmann recover the Klimt paintings.

“This is a unique opportunity for the community at large to participate in a discussion about one of the hottest topics in both art and law, said Megan Carpenter, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the law school’s Center for Law and Intellectual Property. “We are honored that such an all-star cast has agreed to convene at Texas A&M School of Law to debate these issues.”

Speakers include:

  • Don Burris, Senior Founding Partner, Burris & Schoenberg, LLP
  • Megan Carpenter, Co-Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property
  • Monica Dugot, SVP, International Director of Restitution, Christie's
  • Simon Frankel, Chair of IP, 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

To learn more and/or register, visit law.tamu.edu/loot.

Download the press release pdf.

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