On March 11, 2011, Loyola Law School organized a symposium entitled “Remnants of Genocide: Reclaiming Art and other Heirlooms Lost in Atrocities.” The panelists discussed Nazi Era Looted Art, and the growing number of legal cases involving art looted during the Armenian genocide, as well as the ramifications of looting on cultural heritage.
One of the cases discussed was the case involves pages from a medieval Armenian Bible now in the Getty Museum. The Southern California-based Armenian Apostolic Church sued the Getty for the return of seven pages ripped from a medieval Armenian bible. The church alleges the pages were stolen from the bible while the museum is alleging it legally bought the manuscripts in 1994.
Panel 1: Nazi Looted Art Recovery
Moderator: Stanley Goldman, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School & Director, Center for the Study of Law and Genocide
- Donald S. Burris. Esq., Partner, Burris, Schoenberg & Walden, LLP (CA)
- Monica Dugot, Esq., Senior Vice President and Int’l Director of Restitution, Christie’s (NY)
- Thomas R. Kline, Esq., Partner, Andrews Kurth LLP (DC)
Panel 2: The Armenian Genocide and Recovery of Looted Cultural Objects
- Heghnar Watenpaugh, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History, University of California, Davis (CA)
- Jason Felch, Staff Reporter, Los Angeles Times (CA)
Moderator: Christine Steiner, Esq., Law Office of Christine Steiner and Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola Law Scool
- Lucille A. Roussin, J.D., Ph.D., Adjunct Professor and Director, Holocaust Restitution Claims Practicum, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (NY)
- MaryKate Cleary, Manager of Historic Claims and Research, Art Loss Register, London, (UK)
- Sermid Al-Sarraf, Esq., Executive Director, International Institute for the Rule of Law, Baghdad, Iraq (CA)
- Seth M. Gerber, Partner, Bingham McCutchen LLP, Los Angeles (CA)