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The Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (LCCHP) is a nonprofit organization of lawyers, law students, and others dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage.



19 Other Institutions Join LCCHP's Call for Action in Egypt

iStock_000003539805Small 3On January 31, LCCHP released an appeal drawing attention to the emergency in Egypt, which stated in part:

We call on the Egyptian authorities to exercise their responsibilities to protect their country’s irreplaceable cultural heritage. At the same time, we call on United States and European law enforcement agencies to be on the alert over the next several months for the possible appearance of looted Egyptian antiquities at their borders.

19 other institutions have now joined this statement, including  the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC), Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), and International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR).

For the complete list of signatories, a full text of the statement, and the latest updates on the situation, visit our Egypt page.

To support our advocacy efforts, make a tax deductible donation.

Remembering Maria Altmann
ALTMANN2-obit-popupWe join the world in remembering Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee who fled Vienna under the Third Reich, but returned half a century later to recover her family's Nazi-looted art collection from the Austrian government. Gustav Klimt's  "Adele Bloch-Bauer I" — a portrait of Altmann's aunt — was one of five paintings that an Austrian court returned to her in 2006, after a lengthy legal battle, which  reached the U.S. Supreme Court. According to the Los Angeles Times, "her family's triumph sent shockwaves through the art restitution world, museums - and the art market."

Altman passed away Monday at the age of 94.

Want to Work in Cultural Heritage Preservation?
iStock_000009463191Medium_3 2We have updated our Guide to Internships and Externships in Cultural Heritage Preservation for 2011. It contains information on over 50 opportunities for law students and recent graduates. Some of these positions are also open to undergraduates, graduate students, and graduates from non-legal programs. The guide is free to all members of the Lawyers' Committee.

Access the Internship and Externship Guide (Members Only)

Join the Lawyers' Committee

Nominations to the 2012 World Monuments Fund Watch Are Due By 15 March 2011

emailheader_rrThe World Monuments Fund — a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting endangered ancient and historic sites — is accepting nominations for its 2012 Watch List. Every two years since 1996, the World Monuments Watch has focused global attention on cultural heritage sites around the world that are threatened by neglect, demolition, or disaster. To nominate a site, visit the official website.


The U.S. District Court - District of Maryland has scheduled a motions hearing in the case of
Ancient Coin Collectors Guild v. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Civil No. CCB-10-322. The hearing will be held on 14 February 2011 at 2:00 PM in Courtroom 5B at the U.S. Courthouse, 101 West Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD. We encourage our members in the area to attend.

MARCHIG et. al. v. CHRISTIE'S (1 February 2011)




19 Other Institutions Join LCCHP's Call for Action in Egypt

Remembering Maria Altmann

Want to Work in Cultural Heritage Preservation?

Nominations to 2012 Watch List Due By 15 March 2011




2011 National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition
25-26 February 2011
Chicago, IL

2011 Student Writing Competition in Cultural Heritage Law
10 June 2011


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