Cultural Property Advisory Committee
Meeting between the United States Cultural Property Committee and the Coordinación Educativa y Cultural Centroamericana Group at the Getty Center in Los Angeles,California, October 9, 1996 (Photograph, courtesy of the Getty Conservation Institute).
CompositionThe Cultural Property Advisory Committee is composed of experts and professionals who advise the President of the United States on the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act which implements the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. Its eleven members are appointed for three-year terms. New members are appointed by the president. Representation on the committee is stipulated by law: (1) two members who represent the interests of the museums; (2) three are expert in archaeology, anthropology, ethnology, or related fields; (3) three are expert in the international sale of cultural property; and (4) three members represent the interests of the general public.
The committee and its staff reside at the United States Information Agency, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
ResponsibilitiesThe committee convenes when a request is received from a country asking for U.S. assistance under Article 9 of the 1970 UNESCO Convention. The committee is responsible for reviewing requests and recommending a course of action to the USIA, where the president's decision-making responsibilities under the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act resides.
1999 Committee Members
[P = PUBLIC | D = EXPERTS IN SALES OF CULTURAL PROPERTY | M = MUSEUM | A = ARCHAEOLOGY/ANTHROPOLOGY]