Art Theft, Artifact Repatriation and Restitution Efforts: Challenges and Progress

73rd Annual International Law Symposium
Kandinsky art
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 10:00 - Tuesday, February 27, 2024 15:00

Experts will discuss challenges and progress in the field of artifact repatriation and restitution efforts for the 73rd annual international law symposium. The keynote address will be delivered by art law expert and litigator Amelia K. Brankov, founder of the firm Brankov, who represents clients in disputes concerning the title, authenticity and copyright interests of artwork, as well as business disputes among various players in the art world. 

International and Comparative Law
Purcell Reading Room
Julia Citron
John Basset Moore Society of International Law
Virginia Journal of International Law

Event Details

10-10:30 a.m. 

Coffee & Pastries  

10:30-10:40 a.m.

Opening Remarks 

  • Mishan Kara, Editor-in-Chief, Virginia Journal of International Law
  • JJ Citron, Symposium Director     

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Panel 1: Modern Litigation Approaches to Restitution Claims 

  • L. Eden Burgess (Col ’96), Of Counsel, Art Law Group, Schindler Cohen & Hochman 
  • William L. Charron ’98, Partner and Co-Chair of Art Law, Pryor Cashman 
  • Jonathan C. Hamilton ’98, Partner and Head of Latin American Arbitration, White & Case 
  • Jake Archer, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation 

11:50-12:50 p.m. 

Keynote Address

  • Amelia K. Brankov, Founder, Brankov 

12:50-1:50 p.m. 


1:55-2:55 p.m.

Panel 2: Institutional and Individual Approaches to Transitional Justice, Memory, and Repatriation 

  • Deborah A. DeMott, David F. Cavers Distinguished Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law
  • Ndubuisi C. Ezeluomba, Curator of African Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 
  • Lorie J. Nierenberg, Senior Counsel, U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Advisor, Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
  • Ashley D. Fry, Indigenous Affairs Officer, Cultural Heritage Center, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State

2:55-3 p.m.

Thank You and Concluding Remarks