Professor Stephen Urice Delivers Paper at Princeton University on Cultural Heritage and War Crimes


Professor Stephen Urice recently delivered a paper, “ISIS and the Cultural Heritage Crisis: A Legal Framework,” at a one-day conference at Princeton University (“Isis and the Cultural Heritage Crisis of Syria, Iraq, and Yemen”).  Princeton's Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies & The Department of Art and Archaeology organized the conference.  His paper gave a historical sketch of the development of the rules of war and the definition of war crimes, beginning with the Lieber Code promulgated by the Union Army during the United States’ civil war.  It then described how war crimes have been prosecuted since World War II, including  the military tribunals at Nuremberg and Tokyo and the international criminal tribunals established by the United Nations Security Council following armed conflict in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.  The paper concluded with an analysis of possible prosecutions of ISIS members involved in the destruction of cultural heritage under the auspices of the International Criminal Court in the Hague.  He will be revising the paper for an international conference scheduled for June in Geneva. Professor Urice teaches courses in Elements of the Law, Trusts & Estates, Art Law, Museum Law, and Cultural Property Law and seminars primarily in Art, Museum, and Cultural Property law and Artists' Endowed Foundations: Law & Policy. He is the Arts Track Advisor for Miami Law's LL.M. in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law