Blog Profile / Illicit Cultural Property

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Five paintings stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Paris feared destroyed

The Associated Press reported this week that five important works stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Paris in 2010 may have been destroyed. This work by Léger was apparently stolen to order, and in his zeal to capitalize on hisShow More Summary

Operation Pandora nets 75 arrests in Europe

Earlier this week police in Europe announced the fruits of operation Pandora, an investigation into an international art trafficking network. In total, 75 people were arrested and 3,500 objects and artworks were seized. The investigation centered in Spain and Cyprus. Show More Summary

Kreder on the Public Trust

Prof. Jennifer Anglim Kreder has published an article examining the concept of the “Public Trust” in the Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. The doctrine has been used in environmental and museum law, but has a richer history: It seems as if no one really knows the meaning of the term “public Trust” used in the … Continue reading "Kreder on the Public Trust"

Student note on Confederate Monuments in North Carolina

Kasi E. Wahlers has published an interesting student article in the North Carolina Law Review titled “North Carolina’s Heritage Protection Act: Cementing Confederate Monuments in North Carolina’s Landscape”. It takes up North Carolina’s handling of remnants of public monuments aimed at remembering and commemorating some ugly aspects of its past. Show More Summary

In Syria, looting causes faked antiquities too

Reporting for the L.A. Times last week, Nabih Bulos indicates that with the rise in looting of ancient sites, the market demand is starting to also be met by forged antiquities: “In the last year, we’ve caught thousands of pieces. We noticed that the percentage of fakes has risen up from 30 to 40% to … Continue reading "In Syria, looting causes faked antiquities too"

My Essay on the authenticity of ‘Go Set a Watchman’

I expanded a bit on a blog post from last year with an essay for the Cumberland Law Review which takes up the tools of art authentication to argue that Go Set a Watchman should not be considered an authentic work by the author, and instead complicates the idea of authorship. Show More Summary

The US initiated an extraterritorial civil forfeiture of antiquities

Last week, attorneys filed a civil forfeiture action on behalf of the United States for four antiquities allegedly being held as foreign assets of ISIL. The case marks a couple firsts. For one it is the first forfeiture action targeting foreign assets of ISIL of any kind. Show More Summary

Obama could still save Bears Ears

Former Senator and U.S. Representative Mark Udall argues President Obama could still set aside the “Bears Ears” National Monument: The president has a rare opportunity to advance this proud tradition by protecting a spectacular areaShow More Summary

Stone on UK ratification of the 1954 Hague Convention

  Peter Stone argues in the Art Newspaper that the UK ratification of the 1954 Hague Convention really is a big deal: Is this really a big deal? Actually, yes it is, on all sorts of levels. Those of us in the heritage community are often told to stop complaining and to understand that in … Continue reading "Stone on UK ratification of the 1954 Hague Convention"

Responses to criticism of heritage destruction trial at ICC

Apollo Magazine offers two brief but insightful Op-Eds on the recent heritage destruction trial at the ICC. Brian Daniels notes some of the controversy and responses to the guilty plea of Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi of intentionally destroying cultural heritage in Timbuktu in 2012. Show More Summary

Note on Islamic State antiquities profits

Hannah Willett, a JD candidate at the University of Arizona has published a student note examining what U.S. criminal penalties could be used to prosecute the market end of antiquities which may pass through the Islamic State. Though...Show More Summary

New article on Vietnam and the antiquities trade

Damien Huffer, Duncan Chappell, Lâm Thi? My? Dzung, and Hoàng Long Nguye?n have published a work in Volume 14 of the Journal of Public Archaeology looking at the looting of antiquities in Vietnam. From the introduction: The exact nature...Show More Summary

Comment on Fractional Giving

Steven Rodgers, a recent graduate of Southern Illinois Law explains the ways in which the tax code subsidizes art museums through fractional giving, from the introduction: Imagine when you were growing up that your uncle said he would help pay for your favorite collection as long as you allowed the public to view it. It … Continue reading "Comment on Fractional Giving"

Comment on in-kind payments with art

“The Revolution (Mural)” by David Alfaro Siqueiros Julia L.M. Bogdanovich, a senior editor of thePennsylvania Law Review has authored an interesting comment examining how artists could pay taxes with in-kind payment. She uses a comparative approach highlighting both Mexico and the United Kingdom. Show More Summary

Lazopoulos Friedman on Isis’s “get rich quick scheme”

Are Syrian Artifacts protected under the NSPA?Lindsey Lazopoulos Friedman has written an article discussing the possibility of using the McClain Doctrine and the NSPA for objects illegally removed from Syria. From the abstract: ThisShow More Summary

A strong connection between looting and organized crime in Greece

Police in Greece have announced the arrest of 26 individuals in connection with an antiquities looting network that had been operating for 10 years. The announcement showed the recovery of more than 2,000 objects, including coins, jewelry, and other objects. Show More Summary

The Cultural Heritage Moot Court Competition Registration

I’ve received notice that the terrific Cultural Heritage Moot Court competition is gearing up again. Here are the details from DePaul and the LCCHP: DePaul University College of Law and the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation...Show More Summary

Eakin on the destruction at Palmyra

In an essay in the most recent issue of the New York Review of Books, Hugh Eakin criticizes the actions of UNESCO, the United States, and Russia in the wake of the retaking of Palmyra from the Islamic State. For all the pageantry, the retaking of Palmyra has served as a powerful reminder of how … Continue reading "Eakin on the destruction at Palmyra"

“loot” at Texas A&M Law on September 9

Next Friday Texas A&M Law school is sponsoring a symposium on looted art, cultural property and repatriation. They’ve announced an impressive lineup of speakers: Don Burris, Senior Founding Partner, Burris & Schoenberg, LLP Megan Carpenter,...Show More Summary

The Sad State of Moral Rights in the United States

Many nations assign to artists moral rights over their creations. One of the core moral rights is the right to claim or exclude works of art in your body of work. But not in the United States. NPR reports on the bizarre case involving Peter Doig and the art he’s trying to disclaim. Federal Judge … Continue reading "The Sad State of Moral Rights in the United States"

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