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Feb. 2, 2006 Press Contact: William Harms
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Conference at University of Chicago on Looting Iraq‘s Heritage

What: A conference “Protecting Cultural Heritage: International Law after the War in Iraq.” The conference is organized by the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago. The center is organizing the conference in collaboration with the University of Chicago‘s Law School and Oriental Institute.

Who: McGuire Gibson, Professor in the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago; Marine Reserve Col. Matthew Bogdanos, who was in charge of investigating the museum looting and who is the author of Thieves of Baghdad; Patrick Boylan, emeritus professor of heritage policy and management, City University, London; Patty Gerstenblith, professor, DePaul University College of Law and legal counsel for the Archeological Institute of America; and Jan Hladik, Program Specialist, Cultural Heritage Division, UNESCO.

When: 3- 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3.

Where: Glen A. Lloyd Auditorium, University of Chicago Law School, 1111 E. 60th St.

The looting of antiquities in the aftermath of war in Iraq has become common, said conference panelist Lawrence Rothfield, Associate Professor in English Language & Literature, and Faculty Director of the Cultural Policy Center. Existing international law provides several legal instruments intended to protect cultural heritage during armed conflict and occupation. “However, these international conventions must be evaluated in light of changes in how wars are fought; changes in cultural resource management techniques used to preserve historic monuments and archaeological sites; and our current understanding of the interaction between warfare and the international antiquities market,” Rothfield said. Media coverage is welcome. Reporters interested in attending the conference may contact William Harms at 773-702-8356, or
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