Panelists discuss cultural property issues, asset repatriation and the release of the 2007 Yearbook of Cultural Property Law (Left Coast Press).
Panelists include: Richard Buxbaum, Jackson H. Ralston Professor of International Law, UC Berkeley; Edward Luby, associate professor of museum studies, San Francisco State University; and Rob Roy Smith, cultural resources protection attorney with the law firm Morisset, Schlosser, Joswiak and McGaw.
Dr. Richard M. Buxbaum
Richard Buxbaum is the Jackson H. Ralston Professor of International Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, he served as UC Berkeley's dean of international and area studies (1993-99). The editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Comparative Law, Mr. Buxbaum is a member of the American Law Institute, the AAAS, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been a visiting professor at the universities of Michigan, Cologne, Frankfurt, Sydney and Fordham.
Alla Efimova is the Chief Curator at the Judah L. Magnes Museum.
Dr. Edward M. Luby
Dr. Edward M. Luby teaches courses in the Museum Studies curriculum on museum governance, museum administration and management, cultural heritage preservation, NAGPRA, fundraising, and cultural property issues.
Dr. Luby was formerly Associate Director of the Berkeley Natural History Museums, a consortium of campus museums with over 100 staff members across 7 separate institutional entities: Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Museum of Paleontology, Essig Museum of Entomology, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, UC Botanical Garden, University and Jepson Herbaria, and the California Biodiversity Center.
While at Berkeley, Dr. Luby developed and implemented research and educational initiatives, managed and advised staff, supervised regulatory compliance for collections, and conducted independent and collections-based research. He has generated substantial funds from private and governmental sources to support digitization of archives, field station development, research equipment, collections research, collections preservation and storage, dating of collections, documentation of Native American collections, conference funding, employment of museum scientists and preparators, and development of K-12 initiatives.
Prior to his position as Associate Director, Dr. Luby was Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of the NAGPRA Unit for the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at U.C. Berkeley. He supervised the university's compliance with the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, the employment and training of up to 15 staff and numerous students, raised funds for this unit, and worked with Native groups in California and elsewhere in the U.S. on the repatriation of cultural objects and human remains.
Rob Roy Smith
Rob Roy Smith received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross (1997) and his J.D. cum laude from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College with a Certificate in Natural Resource and Environmental Law (2000). Mr. Smith is a senior associate with the law firm of Morisset, Schlosser, Jozwiak and McGaw.
The firm represents Indian tribes and tribal businesses. Mr. Smith's practice emphasizes natural recourse and cultural resource protection, taxation, and economic development. He is cofounder and Chair of the Idaho State Bar Indian Law Section and is licensed to practice before the state and federal courts of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, the United States Tax Court, the United States Supreme Court, and various tribal courts.