Monday, June 25, 2012

Come Join Us - Space is Still Available for the Arts, Culture & The Law Conference and Cultural Property Law

The second annual Arts, Culture, and the Law conference will take place June 28, 2012 at the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord, NH.  This was a big event last year, attended by artists, gallery owners, museum professionals, archaeologists, librarians, lawyers, and many others. Many are already registered for this year's conference, but scholarships and some space for late registrants remain.  You can register here.

Panels cover copyright, alternative dispute resolution, volunteer issues, and more.  Sessions I will be presenting focus on the legal risks of collecting undocumented objects and cultural institution disaster preparedness. For more information about this event, click here.

Next week then begins an intensive two week Cultural Property Law course taught in Concord, NH (one hour north of Boston), part of Plymouth State University's heritage studies program.  This course begins July 3 and ends July 14 with a field trip to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.

The class examines the international, national, and state legal frameworks for the protection and movement of cultural property.  Topics for discussion include the 1954 Hague Convention, the 1970 UNESCO Convention, the ICOM Code of Ethics, the National Stolen Property Act, and the Cultural Property Implementation Act. The course also introduces students to important national heritage laws such as the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and the rules governing shipwrecks. State statutes and the common law regulating cultural property are also reviewed.

There is still space left.  For more information or to register, contact Professor Stacey Yap at (603) 535-2333 or e-mail

(c) Ricardo A. St. Hilaire, Attorney & Counselor at Law, PLLC