Public Keynote Registration

The April 4th keynote event, which is open to the public, will consist of a panel presentation and discussion.  The remainder of the conference, which will take place on April 5 & 6, is open to invited participants only.  


Dr. Richard Leventhal, Director of the Penn Museum’s Penn Center for Cultural Heritage, moderates a wide-ranging discussion with panelists: Karima Bennoune, Professor of International Law, University of California-Davis School of Law and United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights; Derek Gillman, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University, and Former Executive Director and President, Barnes Foundation; Hon. Richard Goldstone, Retired Justice, Constitutional Court of South Africa; Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO; and Shamila Batohi, Senior Legal Advisor to the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court.

Recent legal conventions have given the effort to preserve cultural property new tools and new vigor. At the same time, attacks on cultural property—led by non-state actors and motivated by religious intolerance, national chauvinism, or greed—have become fiercer, with some insurgent groups attempting to obliterate places of national importance in an effort to re-write cultural history. Taking into account the perspectives of art, archaeology, history, law, and the military, how must preservation efforts change in response to armed conflict in the 21st century?

A cocktail reception and opportunity to preview the new exhibition Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq follows the panel discussion (limited timed tickets available with advance reservations exhibition viewing begins at 3:30pm and continues after the program). Presented by the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Museum’s Penn Cultural Heritage Center.

$20 general admission includes a cocktail reception and opportunity to preview the new exhibition; free for PennCard holders. Advance reservations Strongly encouraged.


This program has been approved for 1.5 CLE ethics credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $60.00 ($30.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.