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15 Sep 2019

Greek Culture Minister Mendoni Slams British Museum Over Parthenon Gallery’s Condition

“The situation, as presented in photographs published in the press today, is very frustrating for the British Museum, and extremely offensive to the exhibits themselves, especially when these exhibits are no other than the Parthenon Sculptures”, Mendoni declared.

Greek Reporter

15 Sep 2019

Europe moves to curb ISIS antiquity trafficking

{...} The EU’s latest amended money laundering law takes effect in 2020. It will impose new rules of transparency on galleries and auction houses regarding their transactions, and it will impose sanctions if the operators do not comply. The EU is also urging all its member states to further populate Interpol’s databases on stolen goods and illegal antiquities to boost cross-border prosecutions.{..}

Atlantic Council

04 Sep 2019

Greece drafting proposal to seek loan of Marbles

Greece is preparing a formal request to borrow the Parthenon Marbles from the British Museum for the 2021 celebrations of Greece’s 200-year independence from Turkish rule, Greek Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said Tuesday.

Article by Kathimerini

 

30 Aug 2019

Landmark Supreme Court ruling on returning artworks illicitly exported to country of origin

In a recent decision, the Swiss Supreme Court clarified the requirements to be met by countries of origin when requesting the return of artworks allegedly illicitly exported by their legitimate owners, thus absent any issues of ownership.

An Article published by Lexology

27 Aug 2019

Greek Ministry of Culture Pursues Legal Claim to Artifact vs. Sotheby’s

The Greek Ministry of Culture reiterates its claim of dominion over a bronze sculpture from the 8th century BC, an object the Ministry reasonably believes was illegally exported from Greek territory. The Greek Ministry moved to dismiss the case, but on June 21, 2019, the court denied Greece’s motion, finding that the court had subject matter jurisdiction over the case pursuant to the commercial activity exception of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

Full Article in the National Herald

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