Associate Professor of Art History and Director of Graduate Studies, Newcomb Art Department
B.A., William Jewell College, M.A., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Professor Flora’s research explores the intersections of narrative, performativity, imagination, and gender in the devotional art of late medieval and early Renaissance Italy. She has received research fellowships from the American Association of University Women, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and the American Academy in Rome. Her articles have appeared in Gesta, Bolletino Storico Pisano, and Studies in Iconography, as well as several edited volumes of essays. She is the author of The Devout Belief of the Imagination: The Meditationes Vitae Christi and Female Franciscan Spirituality in Trecento Italy (Brepols, 2009) and most recently collaborated on the exhibition Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy (Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 2014). She is currently at work on a book, Cimabue, the Franciscans, and Artistic Change in Late Medieval Italy.
Before coming to Tulane, Dr. Flora worked in the museum world in New York, organizing exhibitions such as Cimabue and Early Italian Devotional Painting at The Frick Collection, where she spent two years as a curatorial fellow, and exhibitions on Ethiopian art, Georges Rouault, illuminated Bibles, and images of the Prodigal Son for the Museum of Biblical Art in Manhattan. Dr. Flora also spent eleven years on the paid lecturing staff of the The Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and enjoys guest lecturing there when she is in New York.
Francesco Francioni, Juris Dr. (Florence), LL.M (Harvard)
Professor of International Law
European University Institute, Florence
and LUISS University, Rome
Professor Francioni’s current research deals with a variety of topics related to the impact of globalization on international law. His main fields of interest are the protection of human rights, cultural property and cultural heritage law, and international law and the environment. Professor Francioni is currently Professor Emeritus of International Law at the European University Institute in Florence, and Professor of law at LUISS University, Rome. Prior to moving to the European University Institute, he held the chair of international law at the law faculty of the University of Siena where he was also the Director of the International Peace Studies and Jean Monnet Chair in European Law. He is legal consultant to UNESCO in matters of cultural property and has represented Italy in many international negotiations on cultural property. In 1997-1998 was the President of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.
He is General Editor of the Italian Yearbook of International Law, member of the Board of Editors of the European Journal of International Law and of the International Spectator. He has been visiting professor at the Columbia Law School (2013), Oxford (1998-2002), Texas (1988-2008), Tulane (1987) and Cornell (1983-1986).
Recent publications include Enforcing International Cultural Heritage Law (co-author and co-editor with J. Gordley), Oxford, OUP, 2013), War by Contract (with N. Ronzitti), Oxford, OUP, 2011; Au-delà des traités: l’émergence d’un nouveau droit coutumier pour la protection du patrimoine culturel, Revue Générale de droit international public” (2007), “From Cultural Property to Cultural Heritage: the Dynamic Evolution of a Concept and Scope,” in L’action normative de l’UNESCO (2007), and “Enforcing the international Responsibility for Human Rights Violations by Multinational Enterprises,” in La Dimension Pluridisciplinaire de la responsabilité sociale de l’entreprise (2007). He has just published "The EU the US and Global Climate Governance" (with C, Bakker), Ashgate, 2014.
Distinguished Research Professor of Law
Director, Center for Art, Museum and Cultural Heritage Law
DePaul University College of Law
A.B., Bryn Mawr College, J.D., Northwestern University, Ph.D. (Art History and Anthropology), Harvard University
Patty Gerstenblith is Distinguished Research Professor of Law at DePaul University and director of its Center for Art, Museum and Cultural Heritage Law. She is founding President
of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (2005-2011), a Director of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield and Senior Advisor of the ABA’s Art and Cultural Heritage Law Committee. In 2011,
she was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Chair of the President’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee in the U.S. Department of State, on which she had previously served
as a public representative in the Clinton administration. From 1995 to 2002, she was editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Cultural Property. Her publications include the casebook, Art, Cultural
Heritage and the Law (now in its third edition), and her articles “Controlling the International Market in Antiquities: Reducing the Harm, Preserving the Past”, published in the
Chicago Journal of International Law, “Schultz and Barakat: Universal Recognition of National Ownership of Antiquities”, published in Art Antiquity and Law, and “Protecting Cultural Heritage in Armed Conflict: Looking Back, Looking Forward”, published in the Cardozo Public Law, Policy & Ethics Journal. Before joining the DePaul faculty,
Gerstenblith clerked for the
Honorable Richard D. Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Morag M. Kersel will be Special Guest Lecturer for the 2018 Siena Summer Program. Professor Kersel is
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Museum Studies Minor, and affiliated with the Center for Art, Museum &
Cultural Heritage Law in the College of Law at DePaul University. Her work combines archaeological, archival, and ethnographic
research in order to understand the efficacy of cultural heritage law in protecting archaeological landscapes from looting.
She co-directs the Follow the Pots Project (followthepotsproject.org),
which traces the movement of Early Bronze Age pots form the Dead Sea Plain in Jordan. Kersel earned her doctorate from the
Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge and a master of Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia.
She is co-author (whith Christina Luke) of U.S. Cultural Diplomacy and Archaeology: Soft Power, Hard Heritage (Routledfe 2013)
and co-editor (with Matthew T. Rutz) of Archaeologies of Text: Archaeology, Technology and Ethics (Oxbow 2014).
Herbert V. Larson, Jr.
Senior Professor of the Practice and Executive Director, International Legal Studies and Graduate Programs
Tulane University School of Law
BA, cum laude, 1974, Tulane University; JD, 1980, Loyola University of New Orleans; MPhil, 1989, University of Cambridge
Herbert Larson is the Director of International Legal Programs at Tulane University School of Law, where he teaches international criminal law, and federal criminal law. He is also the director of the Tulane-Siena Institute for International Law, Cultural Heritage & the Arts. Professor Larson was in private practice for 26 years, specializing in complex federal criminal cases, and federal criminal appeals.
University of Siena, Department of Law
J.D., University of Siena, Ph.D., Dottore di ricerca, in International Law, University of Bari
In 2003, Professor Lenzerini earned his Ph.D. in International Law, from the University of Bari, with a doctoral thesis on “Asylum and human
rights: The evolution of the right to asylum in the contemporary international legal system.” Since 1999, he has been a research and teaching assistant in International and European Union Law for the Department of Law of the University of Siena. He is now a researcher and Assistant Professor of public international law, private international law, and European Union law for the Faculty of Law of the University of Siena. He is a consultant of UNESCO in the filed of protection of cultural heritage and Legal Counsel of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for international negotiations relative to the same field. He is a member of the “Italian Society of International Law” and of the “Committee on Cultural Heritage” of the International Law Association; he is the rapporteur of the “Committee on the Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” of the same Association. He is Professor at the LL.M. on Intercultural Human Rights of the St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami (FL). His relevant areas of research include protection of human rights, right of asylum, rights of indigenous peoples, protection of cultural heritage, cultural diversity and international trade law.
Associate Professor of International and European Law
Department of Law
University of Siena
J.D., University of Siena, MJur, University of Oxford
Riccardo Pavoni is Associate Professor of International and European Law at the Department of Law of the University of Siena. In 2014 he was awarded the Italian
National Scientific Qualification as Full Professor of International and European Union Law. He is a member of the Board of Editors of
the Italian Yearbook of International Law and of the Editorial Board of the Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts. He has been a
Visiting Professor at Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga (2013), Tulane University School of Law (2010), Charles University in
Prague (2008) and the University of Amsterdam (2006). Professor Pavoni has been teaching in the Tulane University School of Law
summer programs in Siena since 2002. The current areas of his publications and research interests include the law of international
immunities, international and European environmental law, the relationship between international and domestic law, and international
cultural heritage law. Most recently, he has published a case report on Judgment No 238/2014 of the Italian Constitutional Court
(on State immunity and human rights) in the American Journal of International Law, 109 AJIL 400 (2015)>
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