DePaul University College of Law and the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce their Fifth Annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition! Registration will open on August 27, 2013, and the oral arguments for the 2014 Competition will be held on February 21st and 22nd at the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago. More detailed information is contained in the Rules of the Competition.
The 2014 Competition will focus on the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (CPIA), 19 U.S.C. §§ 2601-13, which establishes a framework for imposing import restrictions on undocumented archaeological and ethnological materials. The problem will address the questions of whether agency action taken pursuant to delegated presidential authority is subject to judicial review under the Administrative Procedure Act and whether an intentional violation of the CPIA can serve as the basis for a criminal prosecution under the customs statute.
Cultural heritage law deals with our most prized possessions and often spans beyond national borders, and, inevitably, has become the subject of often contentious legal debates and policies. This dynamic and growing legal field deals with the issues that arise as our society comes to appreciate the important symbolic, historical and emotional role that cultural heritage plays in our lives. It encompasses several disparate areas: protection of archaeological sites; preservation of historic structures and the built environment; preservation of and respect for both the tangible and intangible indigenous cultural heritage; the international market in art works and antiquities; and recovery of stolen art works.
On February 22-23, 2013, the National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition Board hosted twenty teams from around the country and featured over seventy-five attorney judges including many nationally renowned cultural property experts and DePaul College of Law faculty. The Competition was honored to have the Hon. William J. Bauer, U.S. Court of Appeals for 7th Circuit, Hon. Paul J. Kelly, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, Hon. Mary Mikva, Circuit Court of Cook County, and Hon. Sherry Hutt, Arizona State Superior Court, retired, preside over the final round.
See the award winners and a video of the final round of the Competition on the Past Competitions page! The 2013 problem focused on two issues concerning the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (25 U.S.C. §§ 3001 et seq.). The first issue focused on the statutory interpretation of the Act while the second issue considered whether vesting ownership in a funerary object pursuant to the Act would result in a taking of property within the meaning of the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution. The full 2013 problem is on the Problem & Briefs page.
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