Blog Profile / Illicit Cultural Property

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Archived Since:January 18, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Note on Using Trademark law to protect street art from fashion

Maribeth Smith has written an interesting student note in the Brooklyn Law Review which argues that trademark protection may be a good way to protect street artists from having their works appropriated by fashion designers: Graffiti has transformed over the last several decades from a sign of urban blight to a sign of artistic expression. Show More Summary

New National Monument Proposal for the Bears Ears

A coalition of Native Americans has formed an Inter-Tribal Coalition to promote the designation of 1.9 million acres in Utah as a National Monument. The area contains granaries, rock art, burial sites, and many other important natural and historic sites. Show More Summary

Note on Cultural Heritage and New Media

Ann Marie Sullivan a third year law student at John Marshall Law School has written an interesting piece thinking about the intersections of cultural heritage and new media. From the abstract: The application of new media to cultural...Show More Summary

Anderson on the looming underwater heritage struggle

Max Anderson has written an insightful op-ed highlighting the coming tension between commerce and archaeological examination for underwater sites and wrecks: The technology needed for deep-sea exploration is advancing rapidly. What once...Show More Summary

Orhan Pamuk calls for a different kind of museum

Orhan Pamuk was a keynote speaker at the International Council of Museums conference in Milan this week. In his address to the conference he called for a different kind of museum. He offered a vision for what museums could be if they put aside their universal mission. Show More Summary

Italy reached an agreement with the Glyptotek

Italy and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek art museum in Copenhagen on Tuesday announced an agreement for the return of antiquities taken illegally from Italy. Objects repatriated include the contents of a tomb from near Fara north of Rome. Show More Summary

Italy Squandered €150m in Culture Funding

The Art Newspaper reported last week after examining EU documents, that Italy has been stripped of €151m in culture funding next year because regions have failed to spend funds allocated. This includes the loss of funding for Aidone,...Show More Summary

60 Minutes Reports on the Knoedler art fraud scandal

In case you haven’t seen it yet, 60 minutes examined the rapid fall of the Knoedler Art Gallery in 2011. The piece does a thorough job of giving background on the Knoedler Gallery, the role of the Cataloge Raisonne, and scientific testing. Show More Summary

Work in Progress on Authenticating Art

I’ve posted a draft of a forthcoming work on art authentication on SSRN. The piece is scheduled for publication in the Mississippi Law Journal in the fall. I probably enjoyed writing this piece more than I should have. Our appetite for...Show More Summary

Greece reported to be seeking International Justice for the Parthenon

With 2016 marking the 200th anniversary of the acquisition of the Parthenon sculptures by Parliament from Lord Elgin, there will likely be a lot of attention paid to the long-running dispute. The Guardian reported yesterday on a legal summary authored by Geoffrey Robertson, Norman Palmer, and Amal Clooney. Show More Summary

Younging on Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property

Dr. Gregory Younging, at the University of British Columbia, has an interesting essay in the Pennsylvania Journal of International Law titled “Traditional Knowledge Exists; Intellectual Property is Invented or Created“. From the introduction:...Show More Summary

Some thoughts on Remote Houston

What would happen if some thoughtful people added some real art to the idea of the audio guide. What if you ditch the whole name. What if you took the best parts of Radiohead’s OK Computer, flashmobs, our fears of mortality, our reliance of technology, confronted 50 people with the idea of a city, and … Continue reading Some thoughts on Remote Houston

House Task Force discussing Terrorism Financing and Antiquities

This morning a Congressional Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing is discussing terrorism and the antiquities trade: Witnesses include: Mr. Robert M. Edsel, Chairman of the Board, Monuments Men Foundation Mr. Yaya J. Fanusie, Director of Analysis, Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance, Foundation for Defense of Democracies Dr. Show More Summary

Student Note on Pre-Columbian Antiquities

The Texas Law Review has published a student note by Ryan Phelps titled  Protecting North America’s Past: The Current (and Ineffective) Laws Preventing the Illicit Trade of Mexican Pre-Columbian Antiquities and How We Can Improve Them, 94 Tex. Show More Summary

New Documentary on the Quedlinburg Treasures

A new documentary examining the theft of the Quedlinburg treasures by an American soldier, and their return: The Liberators TRAILER from Cassie Hay on Vimeo.  

Student Note on the Retroactivity of the 1970 Convention

Katarzyna Januszkiewicz has placed a student note in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law examining the “Retroactivity in the 1970 UNESCO Convention: Cases of the United States and Australia“. From the Introduction: This Note explores...Show More Summary

On those Asia Week Seizures

The Asia Week in New York is an effort by galleries and Museums to exhibit Asian art and promote sales. According to Tom Mashberg’s reporting in the New York Times, it generated $360 million in sales last year. But this year the event also generated considerable law enforcement attention, with by my count the seizure of … Continue reading On those Asia Week Seizures

A couple of Heritage Law events on the East Coast

It is getting harder and harder to keep up with all of the cultural heritage law events and conferences which are happening. One of the best resources is the opportunities list put together every week by Donna Yates on her excellent blog. Show More Summary

Comment on Copyright Protections for Architecture

Lauren Jean Bradberry, a third year law student at Louisiana State has a comment in volume 76 Louisiana Law Review examining the scope of copyright protection for architecture. It offers an interesting read, so long as you can forgive the puns we lawyers seem to love. Show More Summary

The Timbuktu Destruction Prosecution Begins

This week at the ICC the trial of Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi began. He stands accused of directing the destruction of medieval tombs and a mosque, all world heritage sites, and all a part of Timbuktu’s 15th century heritage. Owen Bowcott...Show More Summary

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