Stacey Jessiman de Nanteuil

Legal Consultant

  • sjdenanteuil@jfklaw.ca
  • P 250-405-1861
  • C 604-753-3662
  • 816 - 1175 Douglas Street Victoria, BC V8W 2E1

Stacey Jessiman de Nanteuil is an experienced corporate/commercial and dispute resolution lawyer who focuses on assisting Indigenous peoples and other organizations and individuals seeking solutions for their business, economic development and cultural heritage aspirations. Stacey’s work in business law and dispute resolution and experience in the field of art and cultural heritage protection and repatriation give her a unique set of skills and insights into this work.

Stacey previously practiced as a dispute resolution and corporate/commercial law attorney at firms in New York and Paris.  She helped clients resolve complex international commercial disputes through mediation and arbitration under a variety of institutional rules. As a corporate and commercial attorney she assisted Fortune 500 companies with mergers and acquisitions and securities issuances, handled the corporate aspects of a leading Canadian insurance company’s demutualization, and worked as in-house counsel for a B2B e-commerce company.  For many years she assisted a French global fashion house with its retail business in Asia.  She also acted as counsel for several human rights and arts-related non-profit organizations.

In addition, Stacey has worked extensively in the field of cultural heritage law and dispute resolution. Her work focuses on helping clients analyze and deal sensitively with the complex legal, ethical, historical, cultural, financial and organizational issues that underlie and affect their disputes and business relationships, including local and international legal and ethical frameworks and parties’ values, goals and imperatives. Through her work she has developed a specific dispute resolution process for disputes involving Indigenous cultural heritage.  She also has developed and taught innovative courses at Stanford University that examine the complex issues surrounding illicit trade in art and cultural heritage around the world and explore means of strengthening and implementing tribal, domestic and international legal and ethical frameworks for indigenous heritage protection and repatriation, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Through interviews and performances that she filmed, her courses bring into the classroom the voices and perspectives of renowned Indigenous and museum experts from Canada and globally.

Stacey holds BA degrees in Art History (Hons) and International Relations from Stanford University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto, and an LLM degree from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law. She completed advanced mediation training at Harvard Law School and has designed and led Alternative Dispute Resolution seminars for the Canadian Bar Association and several law firms. From 2012-2014, Stacey was a Visiting Student Researcher at the Stanford Archaeology Center. During this time she lectured at the Center on cultural heritage issues and completed her LLM thesis entitled “Understanding and resolving cultural heritage repatriation disputes between Indigenous peoples and museums”. Stacey is a frequent speaker at international conferences on cultural heritage and dispute resolution issues, including the University of Geneva International Cultural Heritage Law Summer School.

Stacey is a member of the New York Bar. She is currently a legal consultant working with JFK Law’s team of lawyers and will be acting as Senior Counsel with the firm once she has completed the process of being called to the Bar in British Columbia.

Conference Talks

  • ‘The Inevitable Future of the Indigenous cultural heritage repatriation movement in Canada’, Lecture at the CASCA/IUAES Annual Conference, Ottawa, Canada, May 5, 2017.
  • ‘Update on the most important current Indigenous peoples issues in Canada & the US’, Lecture and Co-Chair of panel discussion at the Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation Annual Conference, Washington, DC, March 10, 2017.
  • ‘The Destruction of Memory’ film screening and Chair of panel discussion on cultural genocide with director Tim Slade, Stanford history professor and genocide expert Norman Naimark and international criminal and human rights lawyer Sareta Ashraph, Stanford University, USA, March 6, 2017.
  • ‘Why Stealing the Sacred Failed to Conquer Indigenous Nations in Canada’​, Lecture as part of the ‘Stealing the Sacred to Conquer Nations’​ Panel at New York University’s Art and Cultural Heritage Crime Symposium, New York, USA, November 2, 2016.
  • ‘Cultural Heritage Repatriation as a Means of Restorative Justice, Identity Affirmation and Cultural Reinvigoration for Aboriginal Peoples in Canada’, Lecture at the International Association of Genocide Scholars Annual Conference, Winnipeg, Canada, July 17, 2014.
  • ‘Understanding Indigenous Cultural Heritage Repatriation Disputes’, Stanford Archaeology Center Workshop Series Lecture, Stanford University, USA, January 23, 2014.
  • ‘Museums as Opponents and Proponents of Aboriginal Culture and Identity’, Lecture at the Conference of the Law and Society Associations of Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Vancouver, Canada, July 3, 2013.
  • ‘Duress in the Removal of Cultural Artefacts from First Nations in Canada’, Lecture at the Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, York, England, March 27, 2013.
  • ‘The G’psgolox Pole as Involuntary Mediator between Colonized and Colonizer Cultures’, Lecture at the British Museum/UCL Symposium on “The In-betweenness of Things”, London, England, March 23, 2013.
  • ‘Grave Problems? The Meaning of the Marpole Midden Protest and Ruling for Sustainable Development of Historic Urban Landscapes in British Columbia’, Lecture at the Stanford-France Conference on ‘The Conservation of Urban Landscapes & Sustainable Development’, Stanford Archaeology Center, Stanford University, USA, March 7, 2013.
  • ‘Decolonizing the Canadian Museum of Civilization: Barriers and Possibilities’, Lunch Club Series Lecture at the Stanford Archaeology Center, Stanford University, USA, November 14, 2012.
  • ‘Resolving Indigenous Cultural Heritage Disputes: Issues to Consider’, Lecture at the Canadian Council on International Law Annual Conference, Ottawa, Canada, November 4, 2011.

Publications

Bar Memberships

  • New York

Professional Association Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • National Native American Bar Association
  • Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (Co-Chair, Advocacy Committee)
  • Canadian Law and Society Association
  • Canadian Anthropology Society
  • Canadian Museums Association
  • American Alliance of Museums
  • American Anthropological Association
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association (UK)

Highlights

  • 'The Inevitable Future of the Indigenous cultural heritage repatriation movement in Canada', Lecture at the CASCA/IUAES Annual Conference, Ottawa, Canada, May 5, 2017.
  • 'Update on the most important current Indigenous peoples issues in Canada & the US', Lecture and Co-Chair of panel discussion at the Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation Annual Conference, Washington, DC, March 10, 2017.
  • 'The Destruction of Memory' film screening and Chair of panel discussion on cultural genocide with director Tim Slade, Stanford history professor and genocide expert Norman Naimark and international criminal and human rights lawyer Sareta Ashraph, Stanford University, USA, March 6, 2017.
  • 'Why Stealing the Sacred Failed to Conquer Indigenous Nations in Canada', Lecture as part of the 'Stealing the Sacred to Conquer Nations' Panel at New York University’s Art and Cultural Heritage Crime Symposium, New York, USA, November 2, 2016.
  • 'Cultural Heritage Repatriation as a Means of Restorative Justice, Identity Affirmation and Cultural Reinvigoration for Aboriginal Peoples in Canada', Lecture at the International Association of Genocide Scholars Annual Conference, Winnipeg, Canada, July 17, 2014.
  • 'Understanding Indigenous Cultural Heritage Repatriation Disputes', Stanford Archaeology Center Workshop Series Lecture, Stanford University, USA, January 23, 2014.