Blog Profile / Illicit Cultural Property


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Posts on Regator:506
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Archived Since:January 18, 2009

Blog Post Archive

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

Best of luck to teams competing at the Cultural Heritage Moot Court Competition

Best of luck to the teams competing this weekend at the national cultural heritage moot court competition in Chicago. The competition is run by DePaul’s moot court society and the Lawyer’s Committee for Cultural Heritage Competition....Show More Summary

Athenians’ Group Seeks Justice for the Parthenon Sculptures

An Athenian cultural association has brought a claim before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg seeking the return of the Parthenon Sculptures held by the British Museum. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Parliament’s decision to purchase sculptures stripped from the Parthenon from Lord Elgin. Show More Summary

Will Internal Audits be the New Norm for Museums?

Good news for those who want to encourage museums to thoroughly examine their collections. The National Gallery of Australia has determined that 22 antiquities from Asia have “insufficient or questionable provenance documentation.” Chasing...Show More Summary

Student Comment: “The Law of Banksy: Who Owns Street Art?”

The artist Banksy creates valuable works of art, but he places them without permission, and this often raises property disputes. Peter Salib, a JD candidate at the University of Chicago has posted a draft of “The Law of Banksy: Who Owns...Show More Summary

Competition Complaint Filed Against Art Loss Register

Melanie Gerlis reports for the Art Loss Newspaper on a competition claim filed against the Art Loss Register. The claim was filed by Chris Marinello, founder of the Art Recovery Group, and former employee of the Art Loss Register: ARG’s...Show More Summary

Cambodia and Museé Guimet reunite Khmer statue

One of the powerful symbols of the gulf separating museums and source communities are the fragments of sculpture which populate so many galleries. It is the best interest of these museums and the source communities to cooperate when possible, which makes the news from Cambodia welcome. Show More Summary

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