Acquiring and Maintaining Collections of Cultural Objects: Challenges Confronting American Museums in the 21st Century


Museums face increasingly difficult challenges in collecting cultural objects – challenges which must be dealt with in ways that are consistent with best practices.

On October 16, 2008, the DePaul University College of Law Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology (CIPLIT®) and Center for Art, Museum and Cultural Heritage Law held a major conference where leading experts examined the basic rules of nonprofit museum governance and how those rules apply to the growing challenge of collecting cultural property in light of new laws, court decisions and professional ethical guidelines; evolving museum practices and standards in collecting antiquities; sovereign immunity and immunity of art works; and the need for further standards for donor/collector museum relationships.

The Symposium was hosted by the Center for Art, Museum, and Cultural Heritage Law and the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®) of DePaul University College of Law.

DePaul University College of Law is an accredited Illinois MCLE provider. The Symposium was approved for 6 hours of CLE credit.

To watch the PODCASTS, please click here or view the Symposium Program.