Thu, Apr 25, 2024

5:30 PM – 6:45 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Mugar 200

160 Packard ave., Medford, MA 02155, United States




Hybrid event:

The Reparations class welcomes you to a talk with Dr. Catherine Titi (CNRS, University of Paris-II) on The Parthenon Marbles: The Case for their Return, on the occasion of her recently published book The Parthenon Marbles and International Law -

The Parthenon marbles dispute is the most prominent interstate cultural heritage dispute concerning repatriation of antiquities, the Parthenon marbles, that form part of the ‘Elgin Collection’ in the British Museum. In 1816, a debt-stricken Elgin convinced the UK government to buy the marbles, which in turn entrusted them to the British Museum, where they have remained ever since. This talk looks at this cause célèbre of international cultural heritage disputes in the more general context of restitution of cultural property.

Bio of speaker:

Dr. Catharine Titi is a tenured Research Associate Professor at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)–CERSA, University Paris-Panthéon-Assas, France. She serves as Co-Chair of the Academic Forum on ISDS, whose work contributes to the discussions in Working Group III of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL WG III). In addition to being a member of the Board of the European Society of International Law (ESIL), Catharine sits on the Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Chair on Threats to Cultural Heritage and Cultural Heritage-related Activities, the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) of the Center for American and International Law (CAIL) and is a member of the International Law Association (ILA) Committee on Rule of Law and International Investment Law. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), she sits on the panel of arbitrators of the Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA), and she is appointed to the roster of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s (USMCA) Annex 31-B panellists. She holds a PhD from the University of Siegen in Germany (Summa cum laude, Rolf H. Brunswig PhD Prize) and she has previously been a consultant at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). In 2016, Catharine was awarded the prestigious Smit-Lowenfeld Prize of the International Arbitration Club of New York. Catharine’s working languages are English, French, Greek, and Spanish. Her latest monographs are The Function of Equity in International Law (Oxford University Press 2021) and The Parthenon Marbles and International Law (Springer 2023).
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