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Patty Gerstenblith

  • Distinguished Research Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law
  • Full-time
  • (312) 362-6175
  • 1160 O'Malley Place

Patty Gerstenblith is a distinguished research professor of law at DePaul University and director of its Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law. She is founding president of the Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (2005-2011), a director of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield and senior advisor to the ABA's Art and Cultural Heritage Law Committee. In 2011, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as the chair of the President's Cultural Property Advisory Committee in the U.S. Department of State, on which she had previously served as a public representative in the Clinton administration. From 1995 to 2002, she was editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Cultural Property. Her publications include the casebook, Art, Cultural Heritage and the Law(now in its second edition), and her articles "Controlling the International Market in Antiquities: Reducing the Harm, Preserving the Past," published in the Chicago Journal of International Law, "Schultz and Barakat: Universal Recognition of National Ownership of Antiquities," published in Art Antiquity and Law, and "Protecting Cultural Heritage in Armed Conflict: Looking Back, Looking Forward," published in the Cardozo Public Law, Policy & Ethics Journal. Gerstenblith received her AB from Bryn Mawr College, PhD in art history and anthropology from Harvard University, and JD from Northwestern University. Before joining the DePaul law faculty, Gerstenblith clerked for the Honorable Richard D. Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.


A.B., Bryn Mawr College; J.D., Northwestern University; Ph.D. (Fine Arts and Anthropology), Harvard University

Areas of Expertise

  • Art and Museum Law

Courses Taught

  • Art & the Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Property
  • Seminar in Cultural Property
  • Wills & Trusts

Selected Work​s