Blog Profile / Illicit Cultural Property

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Archived Since:January 18, 2009

Blog Post Archive

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"

Professor Song on Restitution after Illegal Export

Professor Ho-Young Song (Hanyang University School of Law, Seoul) has published an article in the recent issue of the Penn St. Journal of Law and International Affairs examining how works of art are restituted after an illegal export. Show More Summary

Comment on Pragmatic Reform in the Antiquities Trade

Cornelius Banta, Jr. a recent graduate of the University of Houston Law Center has written an interesting piece in the Houston Law Review putting forth some pragmatic reforms to the antiquities trade. From the abstract: The debate over...Show More Summary

We Visited Morgantina and Aidone, they were great

This June I had the chance to visit the town of Aidone in Southern Sicily. It’s a town that I’ve written and thought a lot about, so when we had the opportunity to pop up from teaching in Valletta for a long weekend, we jumped. Its fame comes as the result of a series of … Continue reading "We Visited Morgantina and Aidone, they were great"

Judges Just Don’t Like VARA and Applied art

Daniel Grant reports on a recent Visual Artists Rights Act case involving the Burning Man re-purposed bus known as La Contessa. A recent court decision in Nevada raises this question and, perhaps more fundamentally, the issue of whether...Show More Summary

Amineddoleh on Forgery Law

Leila Alexandra Amineddoleh has posted an abstract of her latest piece, which appeared in the Spring issue of the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal. Amineddoleh, as many readers likely know, teaches art and cultural heritage law...Show More Summary

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

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