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Art, Museums, and Cultural Heritage Law Society

The Art, Museums, and Cultural Heritage Law Society (AMCHLS) is a group of University of Michigan law students interested in promoting the preservation and protection of cultural heritage in the United States and internationally through legal education and advocacy in the legislative, judicial, and policy arenas. The organization is also interested in hosting events and facilitating discussions related to art law, museums, and its intersection with other disciplines such as anthropology and history.

The purpose of the AMCHLS is to create an academic, professional, and social forum for individuals interested in this growing area of law. In recent years, activities such as looting, museum theft, and illicit antiquities trading have increasingly garnered domestic and international legal attention. AMCHLS will foster education and exploration of these and other cultural heritage law issues through a variety of activities, including:

  • Guest lectures by experts from the legal, academic, and political arenas.
  • Networking opportunities with fellow students, alumni, and professionals.
  • Social excursions to museums, galleries, and historic sites.
  • Participation in national scholarship and competitions.

Current members are or have been involved in many aspects of the art, museums, and cultural heritage law profession, including:

  • Conducting research and writing papers on art history and art law.
  • Continuing their own artistic endeavors.
  • Curatorial internships with teaching museums and leading national art museums.
  • Copywriting for the Collegiate Journal of Art.
  • Creating a digital topographic database of Rome over the course of its history.
  • Archival and exhibit work with rare book libraries and national museums.
  • Working with nonprofits dedicated to cultural heritage preservation.

Previous members have also interned for the legal departments of major auction houses and published articles in art law journals. Members are passionate about a diverse array of subjects relating to art and cultural heritage law, and aim to encourage scholarly discussion about the field.

To learn more about AMCHLS, please contact us via e-mail at lawcultureboard@umich.edu.