The 22nd Belle R. & Joseph H. Braun Memorial Symposium
Art Restitution,
Preservation of Cultural Heritage
and Human Right to Identity
October 15–16, 2015
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CLE credit will be offered.

This year's Braun Symposium examines art and cultural heritage as essential human rights. Our speakers will address efforts to return art stolen during times of war, and the complicated questions of ownership and ethics that often arise. We will also consider the destruction of cultural heritage, both as deliberate acts of war and as unfortunate side effects of military action. Experts from academia, practice, and government will debate how best to protect the art and cultural heritage that makes us unique and human. We hope to bring recognition, if not resolution, to these compelling issues.

Presented by The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law, the International Human Rights Clinic, and the L.A. Museum of the Holocaust.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

1:30–2 p.m.


2–2:15 p.m.

Welcome Remarks

Dean John E. Corkery
The John Marshall Law School
Joseph D. Ament
The Braun Foundation

2:15–3 p.m.

Where Are We and Where Are We Going: Legal Developments in Cultural Property and Nazi Art Looting

Thomas Kline
Of Counsel,Andrews Kurth LLP
Professorial Lecturer, George Washington University

3:10–4 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Repatriation as a Human Right

Lubna El-Gendi
Director, Student Affairs & Diversity
DePaul University College of Law
Sarah Davila-Ruhaak
Co-Director, International Human Rights Clinic
The John Marshall Law School
Timur Tusiray
Orfalea-Brittingham Fellow
USC Gould School of Law Graduate, 2015

4:15–5:15 p.m.

Cultural Plunder and Restitution and Human Identity

Ori Soltes
Holocaust Art Restitution Project
Film Screening: The Woman in Gold
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer

6 p.m | Introduction to the Film

Ori Soltes
Co-Founder, Holocaust Art Restitution Project
Donald Burris
Managing Partner, Burris, Schoenberg & Walden, LLP

6:20 p.m | Screening of the Film

Friday, October 16, 2015

8:30–9 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9–9:15 a.m.

Introductory Remarks

Scott Hodes
Senior Counsel
Bryan Cave

9:15–10:15 a.m.

International Human Rights and the Protection of Cultural Property During Armed Conflict: Siblings Separated at Birth

Patty Gerstenblith
DePaul University College of Law

10:30–11:15 a.m.

How Museum Practices Go Beyond the Requirements of the Law in Meeting Human Rights

Lori Breslauer
General Counsel
The Field Museum

11:15 a.m.–Noon

When Objects Go Back (Or Not) - Issues in Cultural Property Restitution and Return

Kevin Ray
Of Counsel, Greenburg Traurig, LLP
Co-Chair, International Art and Cultural Heritage Law Committee,
ABA Section of International Law

12:15 p.m.

Restoration of Looted Art: Altmann, Benningson, and Their Progeny

Donald Burris
Managing Partner
Burris, Schoenberg & Walden, LLP
About the Belle R. & Joseph H. Braun Memorial Symposium
The Braun Memorial Lecture Series honors the legacy of Joseph H. Braun, a 1918 graduate, and his wife, Belle. The inaugural lecture was held in 1989, the year of his passing. Since then, the lecture series has featured a number of distinguished panels and speakers on topics including constitutional law, criminal law, environmental law, and international human rights.
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