The Parthenon Marbles Case and the Universal Museum Myth: Policies and Politics

The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Professor David Rudenstine, the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, the Benjamin B. Ferencz Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic and the FAME Center are pleased to host a symposium on cultural property ownership. The symposium brings together leading scholars and advocates to discuss the history of cultural property, their rightful owners and whether the property should be returned to the original creating country.

Professor Rudenstine will present his decades-long historical research about the cultural property dispute between Greece and Great Britain over the Parthenon Sculptures taken to London in the early 1800s by the British ambassador, Lord Elgin. In his article, Professor Rudenstine assesses the legality of the taking and argues that, contrary to conventional narrative, there is no evidence that establishes that Ottoman officials gave Elgin prior or subsequent written permission to remove the Parthenon Sculptures from the edifice. Moreover, the British Museum continues to misrepresent the essential facts, and that its misrepresentations are knowing and deliberate. Distinguished art law practitioners will engage in a conversation with Professor Rudenstine about his research and the legality of the taking of the Elgin Marbles.

To access the symposium flyer, simply follow the link provided.

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Thursday, April 28th
9:30 AM

Opening Remarks

Melanie B. Leslie, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
David Rudenstine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

9:30 AM - 9:40 AM

9:40 AM

Panel 1: History Surrounding the Removal of the Sculptures and the U.K. Purchase of Elgin’s Collection

Samantha Anderson, Art Intelligence Global
Elena Korka, Hellenic Ministry of Culture & Sports
David Rudenstine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Giovanna Bellesia, Smith College

9:40 AM - 10:45 AM

11:00 AM

Panel 2: Should the British Museum Return the Collection to Athens?

Michael McCullough, Pearlstein & McCullough LLP
Irini Stamatoudi, University of Nicosia
Elizabeth Marlowe, Colgate University
Kris Tytgat, International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

12:30 PM

Keynote Address

Lina Mendoni, Cabinet of Kyriakos Mitsotakis

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 PM

Panel 3: The Universal Museum Myth

Irini Stamatoudi, University of Nicosia
Patty Gerstenblith, DePaul University
Elena Korka, Hellenic Ministry of Culture & Sports
Joe Baker, Lenape Center

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

3:15 PM

Panel 4: Cultural Property and International Human Rights Trends

Sandy Cobden, Pactiv Evergreen, Inc.
Lawrence Kaye, Kaye Spiegler PLLC
Leila Amineddoleh, Amineddoleh & Associates LLC
Kristen Carpenter, University of Colorado

3:15 PM - 4:45 PM