The National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition Board would like to congratulate the participating teams and announce the award winners from the 2014 competition! See the award winners and a video of the final round of the Competition on the Past Competitions page! The 2014 problem focused 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 addressed 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. The full 2014 problem is on the Problem & Briefs page.

This year the Competition hosted nineteen 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 the 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. Warren Wolfson, Illinois Appellate Court, retired, judge the final round.

DePaul University College of Law and the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation are also pleased to announce their Sixth Annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition! Registration will open in August 2014 and the oral arguments for the 2015 competition will be held on February 27th and 28th at the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago. More detailed information will be contained in the Competition Rules, which will be available over the summer.

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.


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