Restitution and Collecting in the Time of ISIS

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February 18, 2016 – On March 1, 2016 Cardozo School of Law, NYC, will host a conference on “Rethinking Antiquities: Collecting in the Age of ISIS”. Experts and award-winning journalist Judith H. Dobrozynski will discuss problems related to the Middle East conflicts and collecting art.
The event is sponsored by Cardozo Law FASHION, ARTS, MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT (FAME) LAW CENTER and the Committee for Cultural Policy, Inc. and will take place on March 1, 2016 from 5 to 6:30 pm. It is free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

Join Moderator Judith H. Dobrzynski and a panel of experts for a lively discussion of practical solutions, ethical priorities, and law enforcement after the massive destruction of monuments and sites in the Syria and Iraq conflicts. A must-attend event for museums, art collectors, and dealers, and for all concerned with the preservation of cultural heritage.

Judith H. Dobrzynski, independent journalist writing for publications including the Wall Street Journal and New York Times; former NY Times reporter and editor; senior editor and writer for Business Week; and former executive editor CNBC.


  • Gary Vikan, former director of The Walters Art Museum; Clinton appointee to the President’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee; former Senior Associate for Byzantine Art, Dumbarton Oaks.
  • William Pearlstein, Pearlstein & McCulIough LLP, a New York-based art law firm, and author of “White Paper: A Proposal to Reform U.S. Law and Policy Relating to the International Exchange of Cultural Property.”
  • James McAndrew, Forensic Specialist, Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP. Former Head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, International Art and Antiquity Theft Investigations Program; subject matter expert in international art theft and international trade matters.
  • Randall Hixenbaugh, Hixenbaugh Ancient Art. New York-based antiquities dealer and member of the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art.

If you wish to attend please send an email to the organizers.

Location: Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, Cardozo School of Law, 55 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10003

You can find further information on the Cardozo Law School website.