Congressional Briefing on Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Conflict


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September 22, 2016: 10:00am; Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216

On September 22, the Washington Working Group on the International Criminal Court (WICC) will partner with the Senate Human Rights Caucus to host a congressional briefing entitled, “Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Conflict: Promoting Accountability and the Rule of Law.” The briefing is co-hosted by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.

The briefing will feature a panel discussion on how the international community can ensure accountability for crimes involving the destruction of cultural heritage and how it can promote the rule of law to protect cultural heritage in conflict. The panel will include Patty Gerstenblith, a professor of law at DePaul University and director of its Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law; Helen Malko, a postdoctoral fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University; Tess Davis, the Executive Director of the Antiquities Coalition; and Anne-Marie Carstens, a researcher at Georgetown University Law Center. It will be moderated by Raymond Brown, co-founder of the International Justice Project and Chair of the White Collar Defense and Corporate & International Human Rights Compliance Groups at Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP.

The briefing is geared toward congressional staffers, but is open to civil society; NGO representatives and individuals are welcome to attend. The briefing will be held on Thursday, September 22 from 10:00am to 11:00am, in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building. The event will not be livestreamed or recorded.

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