DePaul University College of Law and the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation are pleased to announce the Sixth Annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition! Registration will open on August 25, 2014, and the oral arguments for the 2015 Competition will be held on February 27th and 28th at the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse in Chicago, IL. More detailed information is contained in the Rules of the Competition.

The 2015 Competition will focus on constitutional challenges to the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (VARA), 17 U.S.C. § 106A, which protects visual artists’ moral rights of attribution and integrity. The problem will address both a First Amendment and a Fifth Amendment challenge to VARA.

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 tangible and intangible indigenous cultural heritage; the international market in art works and antiquities; and recovery of stolen art works.


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