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Hellenic Republic v Trustees of the British Museum: the Elgin Marbles ownership question.

22 May 2023
Past Events

A moot court led by Nicholas Le Poidevin KC and Roger L. Michel, Jr.

The issue:  Does the British Museum have legal title to the Elgin Marbles?

In what promises to be a fascinating night of spirited legal argument, Nicholas Le Poidevin KC (member of the Chancery Bar/UK Trusts expert) and Roger L. Michel, Jr. (Lecturer in Law at Boston University for 25 years and longtime US public prosecutor) will assist student-barristers debate the topical question of legal title to the Elgin Marbles.  Are these iconic sculptures the property of the UK or might they be deemed to be held in trust for the Hellenic Republic due to the circumstances of their removal from Greece in the early 19th century?

The recent discovery of a cache of previously unknown Elgin letters sheds interesting and important new light on the facts underlying this question.

With Mr Le Poidevin and Mr Michel in the role of lead counsels, two student teams will present arguments on both sides of a question that has been hotly debated for more than 200 years -- and now appears to be on the cusp of official resolution.

Our moot court will be heard and judged by one of England's leading jurists.  Please join us for what promises to be a memorable clash of legal talent on an issue that has long divided public opinion -- both here and in Greece.

Please note that the number below relates only to the Friends who have signed up and does not include pupils and staff from Winchester College and our partner schools.

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