Celebrating 125 Years

Lectures & Events

The Art of International Law

Friday, September 16, 2016
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Approved for 5.5 hours of in-person CLE credit
$100.00 for Case Law Alumni
$200.00 for all other attorneys

Case Western Reserve University School of Law, in conjunction with the celebration of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s centennial anniversary, will convene a day-long conference with scholars and practitioners from around the world to explore topics at the intersection of art and international law.

International law has regulated artistic production, preservation and transfer for many decades, yet recent events have drawn renewed attention to its new possibilities and limitations.

The obliteration of historical, religious and cultural monuments by ISIS, repatriation of artworks by museums to their country of origin after prolonged negotiations and lawsuits, and the churn of cultural production have brought significant challenges to this field, with modern cultural expression and transnational financing networks creating new forms of art, new audiences, new laws, and new norms of protecting artistic production in the United States and around the world.

This conference will examine today’s dynamic relationship between art and international law, providing insight into prominent cross-border deals, laws and cases involving art repatriation and the international legal issues arising out of the destruction of cultural and religious relics. The conference will feature a lunchtime discussion with Dr. William Griswold, President and Director of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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Speaker Information Cox International Law Center Distinguished Speaker
William M. Griswold, Director and President of the Cleveland Museum of Art

In May 2014, Dr. William M. Griswold became the tenth director of the Cleveland Museum of Art since its founding in 1913. Dr. Griswold enters the life of the museum at a dynamic moment — with a completed expansion project increasing its capacity and significance, and a centennial anniversary of the museum's opening approaching. His ambition is to build the museum’s strong relevance throughout the region, the nation, and the world, capitalize on its long-standing community engagement legacy, and enhance the quality and breadth of its well-known collection.

Dr. Griswold’s tenure at the Cleveland Museum of Art follows his term as the fifth director of the Morgan Library & Museum since the institution’s founding in 1924. During his seven years of leadership there, Dr. Griswold spearheaded the growth of the Morgan’s collections, exhibition program, and curatorial departments, most recently adding photography as a focus. He oversaw a number of important exhibitions and scholarly exchanges with leading international museums, including the Louvre, London’s Courtauld Institute, Munich’s Graphische Sammlung, and Turin’s Biblioteca Reale.

In 2010, Dr. Griswold initiated the first interior restoration of the Morgan’s historic McKim building since its construction as Pierpont Morgan’s private study and library more than a century ago. He also oversaw a project to digitize the Morgan’s renowned collections, beginning with two of its most important holdings: drawings and music manuscripts. In 2011, he supervised the establishment of the innovative Morgan Drawing Institute to advance the study of drawings of all periods and schools. As a result of these initiatives, and many more, the Morgan over the past several years has seen some of the most robust donor support and attendance in its history.

Dr. Griswold had previously served as director and president of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts from 2005 to 2007 acting director and chief curator of the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2004 to 2005 and associate director for collections at the Getty, beginning in 2001. Prior to joining the Getty, Dr. Griswold had been Charles W. Engelhard Curator and Head of the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Morgan Library since 1995. From 1988 to 1995, he was on the staff of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, first as assistant and then as associate curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints.

Dr. Griswold was the co-author with Jacob Bean of 18th-Century Italian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has written extensively on Florentine drawings of the early Renaissance. He oversaw the design and creation of the Morgan’s Drawing Study Center, and in 1998 curated a historically significant exchange of exhibitions between the Morgan and the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow. In 1999 he co-curated New York Collects, the Morgan’s first major exhibition devoted to twentieth-century art, and in 2002 he was co-author with Jennifer Tonkovich of Pierre Matisse and His Artists.

Formerly a member of the board of directors of the Courtauld Institute of Art, Dr. Griswold currently serves on the boards of the American Federation of Arts, American Friends of the Shanghai Museum, and American Trust for the British Library. He is a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and president of Master Drawings Association, which publishes the scholarly journal Master Drawings. In 2008, he was awarded the insignia of Chevalier of the French Order of Arts and Letters.

Dr. Griswold earned his bachelor’s degree at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, and his PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.
Event Location
Moot Courtroom (A59)
11075 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

9:00 am – 9:15 am
Dean’s Introduction: Michael P. Scharf, CWRU School of Law
9:15 am – 10:00 am
Keynote Speech
Margaret M. Miles, Professor of Art History and Classics, University of California, Irvine
10:15 am – 11:30 am
Panel 1. International Criminal Responsibility
Moderator: Shannon French, Director, Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence; Inamori Professor of Ethics; Professor of Philosophy; and Professor of Law
Mark Ellis, Executive Director, International Bar Association
William Schabas, Professor of International Law, Middlesex University London School of Law
Milena Sterio, Associate Dean & Charles R. Emrick Jr.-Calfee Halter & Griswold Professor of Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Paul Williams, Rebecca I. Grazier Professor of Law and International Relations, Director of the JD/MA Dual Degree Program, American University Washington College of Law
11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch and Panel Discussion
William Griswald, Director & President, Cleveland Museum of Art
Josh Knerly, Partner, Hahn Loeser, Counsel to the Cleveland Museum of Art
Michael Scharf, Dean of Case Western Reserve School of Law
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Ethics Prize Award Panel
Moderated by Cassandra Robertson, Professor of Law; Laura B. Chisolm Distinguished Research Scholar; Director of the Center for Professional Ethics
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Panel 2. Film and Culture between China and the U.S.
Moderator: Timothy Webster, Assistant Professor of Law
Director of Asian Legal Studies, CWRU School of Law
Marty Willhite, General Counsel & Chief Operating Officer, Legendary Entertainment
Seagull Song, Associate Clinical Professor of Law & Founding Director of the Asia-America Law Institute, Loyola Law School Los Angeles
Julia Qin, Professor of Law, Wayne State University School of Law
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
Panel 3. Repatriation of Cultural Properties
Moderator: Dale Nance, Professor of Law, CWRU School of Law
Allan Gerson, Counsel to US UN Ambassadors Jeane Kirkpatrick and Vernon Walters; Deputy US Attorney General for Legal Counsel, 1981-1986. Attorney for plaintiff in Konowaloff v. Yale University for title to Van Gogh’s The Night Cafe. Chair, AG International Law PLLC Washington DC
John Humbach, Professor of Law, Pace Law School
Jennifer Kreder, Professor of Law, Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law
4:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Closing Remarks: Timothy Webster, CWRU School of Law
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