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21 Oct 2019

Act for Heritage! - CoE Conference in Nicosia

The HSLA has kindly been invited and one of our lawyers, Ms. Eleni Dimonitsa,  is very much looking forward to participate at the two-day conference on promoting the Council of Europe Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property (the Nicosia Convention) on 24-26 October 2019. The Conference is is organized by the Commissioner for Volunteerism and Non-Governmental Organisations of  Cyprus, in co-operation with the MfA of Cyprus, the CoE and the EU. Thank you CoE !

More information - CoE

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20 Oct 2019

German states establish help desk to handle artefacts acquired in colonial era

The culture ministers of Germany’s 16 states and the federal government have agreed to set up a help desk to inform and advise individuals and institutions from former colonies seeking to repatriate objects looted from their territory during the colonial era.The new help desk will start work in the first quarter of next year and will be half financed by the states, half by the federal government.

The Art Newspaper

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11 Oct 2019

U.S. Attorney Announces Civil Action

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that the United States filed a civil lawsuit to resolve potential claims to “Site avec 5 personnages” (the “Painting”), an acrylic work on canvas by renowned 20th century-artist Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) that was last known to be the personal property of Michel Cohen (“Cohen”), a former art dealer who has been under indictment for wire and mail fraud since 2003. 

Press Release of U.S. Attorney's Office - Southern District of New York

 

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11 Oct 2019

Money laundering, trafficking, ivory: crackdown on art crime intensifies

Pressure on the UK’s art trade is increasing as it faces a wave of legislative changes and increased attention from enforcement agencies. As UK courts introduced new sentencing guidelines for criminal damage to heritage assets on 1 October, the trade was counting down to the anti-money-laundering regulations that are coming into force in January and pushing for a judicial review of the contentious Ivory Act 2018.

The Art Newspaper

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08 Oct 2019

'Manhattan of the desert': civil war puts Yemen's ancient skyscrapers at risk

In addition to the conflict’s huge human cost, Yemen’s rich cultural heritage has been ravaged, from the Queen of Sheba’s reputed throne room to the mudbrick high-rises of Shibam.
Article by Bethan McKernan in Shibam, Yemen in The Guardian

Article in The Guardian

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04 Oct 2019

Art works: New method of money laundering

[...] Unlike banks, life insurance companies, casinos, currency exchangers, and even precious-metals dealers, auction houses and art sellers have no obligation to report large cash transactions to a governing authority. In fact, dealers can keep the names of buyers and sellers anonymous.

Read full article here

 

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23 Sep 2019

Nazi plunder? Fight over prized artwork set for Rochester court

A treasured artwork owned by a Pittsford man has become the subject of an international legal dispute centered on allegations that Nazis stole the work from its rightful owners during World War II. Christie's, the auction house that agreed in 2016 to sell the portrait, will not allow the sale to go forward until the ownership issue is decided.

Read the article here

 

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22 Sep 2019

Paris art sale goes ahead despite Mexico protests

A controversial sale of pre-Columbian art went ahead in Paris on Wednesday despite calls from Mexico and UNESCO for it to be halted. The Mexican government filed a formal complaint against the auction of 120 religious and cultural artefacts from several private collections, including sacred jewellery worn by a shaman and the figurine of a fertility goddess.

France24 - Full article

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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

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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

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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

 

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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

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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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17 Aug 2019

United States and Algeria Sign Cultural Property Agreement

This agreement places U.S. import restrictions on categories of Algerian archaeological material dating from 2.4 million years ago to approximately 1750 A.D..

Article by Stl.News

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10 Aug 2019

Law, Culture and Human Rights in Asia and the Middle East

An international conference on Law, Culture and Human Rights in Asia and the Middle East is to be held on Feb. 14, 2020 at the British Institute of International & Comparative Law, Russell Square, London. The conference will focus on the topic of Culture and Cultural Heritage in Asia and the Middle East, addressing culture and cultural heritage in times of peace and armed conflicts in the region.

More information here

 

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26 Jul 2019

Bonhams withdraw ancient Greek drinking vessel

Bonhams has withdrawn an ancient Greek drinking vessel from sale amid accusations that it was excavated illegally and that major auction-houses are failing to make adequate checks into whether antiquities were looted from their country of origin.

The Telegraph

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17 Jul 2019

Ms. Lina Mendoni is the new Minister of Culture

With extensive experience under her belt, Mendoni, an archaeologist, has presided over the Central Archaeological Committee (ΚΑΣ), worked on dozens of excavations including the Amphipolis site, served as culture ministry secretary general, and supervised Olympic works, among others, in her long-standing career in culture.

Article on "gtp Headlines"

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15 Jul 2019

What Happens When an Artwork Is Damaged beyond Repair

An article by Elene Goukassian  in Artsynet.

Full Article here

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15 Jul 2019

Protecting Sites from Space

Thanks to a 1-million-dollar TED prize, ordinary people can now use high-level satellite imagery to identify potential sites for exploration, without giving the coordinates over to looters. It is all done online, suitable for children through to adults.

ABC news

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27 Jun 2019

Berlin Museums appeal to U.S. Supreme Court in legal battle over Nazi-looted $276 million treasure.

A legal battle that began in 2008 regarding the provenance of Germany’s famed Guelph Treasure may soon wind up in the United States Supreme Court after the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected an appeal last week.

Article in Artsynet

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27 Jun 2019

What now for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures?

On June 20, Greece and the world museum community celebrated the 10th anniversary of the inauguration of the Acropolis Museum in Athens. Amidst all the euphoria, we should not forget the main reason why the museum was built – namely, to counter the British argument that the Greeks did not have a suitable museum for the Parthenon Sculptures even if they were ever returned to Athens.

Article in the Kathimerini

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21 Jun 2019

Guelph Treasure Claims to Go Forward

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today dismissed the petition to rehear en banc last year’s landmark ruling that the heirs of the art dealers who sold the Guelph Treasure (or Welfenschatz) may pursue their claims in U.S. federal court.

Guelph Treasure Claims to Go Forward

 

 

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20 Jun 2019

UK Museums - Protection From Court-Ordered Seizure For Loaned Artworks

UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has vowed to protect objects on loan from abroad in temporary exhibitions in UK museums from seizure by the UK courts. Works of art on display in a museum or gallery where the museum has published information about the objects on loan is now covered. This does, however, raise questions about restituted works of art from the Nazi Era.

Article in Artlyst

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06 Jun 2019

Antiquities' Looted from Yemen sold at Auction

At least 100 artifacts from Yemen have been successfully sold at auction for an estimated $1 million in the U.S., Europe and the United Arab Emirates since 2011, according to a Live Science investigation into the country's so-called "blood antiquities."

Full article here

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23 May 2019

University research on “Restatement of Restitution Rules”

In April 2019, research began at the University of Bonn on international practice in the restitution of artworks stolen under the Nazi regime. The project aims to provide a comprehensive, comparative analysis of international practice in the restitution of Nazi-looted art. It aims to establish a generalized set of rules on how decisions are made based on considerations of fairness and justice.

More (Engslich text follows the German)

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14 May 2019

Freeports or free crime? An opinion by L. Todd in the Washington Times

 

The Washington Times published an opinion by L. Todd on how tax-exempt warehouses contribute to some $899 billion laundered each year globally.

Article

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07 May 2019

First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis 2019

Four institutions are organizing this year’s course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis. The course will take place in Rome from Nοvember 11th to December 5th. Deadline to apply: 31. May 2019

More: iccrom 

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24 Apr 2019

More than 30 000 ancient artefacts seized in crime bust to be returned to Bulgaria from Spain

More than 30 000 illegally exported ancient artefacts seized in a bust of an organised crime group in Spain and Bulgaria are to be returned to Bulgaria, the Prosecutor’s Office said on April 18. At a co-ordination meeting of investigators held on April 11 2019 at Eurojust headquarters in The Hague, it was agreed that the trial would be in Spain, where most of the suspects were held.

The Sofia Globe

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12 Apr 2019

EU adopts new rules on cultural heritage imports

The European Council yesterday adopted new rules to clamp down on the illicit trafficking in cultural goods, including a requirement for import licences on artefacts more than 250 years old.

The Art Newspaper

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05 Apr 2019

Lawsuit concerning ownership of a Matisse rejected by Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court declined to hear a case that worked its way up through the US justice system concerning the legal ownership of a painting by Henri Matisse. Portrait of Greta Moll, made in 1908, resides in the stores at London’s National Gallery.

Article: www.art-critique.com

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28 Mar 2019

The Salzburg Global Seminar - this time on the Future of Cultural Heritage

The 416th Session of the Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS) was on the Future of Cultural Heritage and the Hellenic Society for Law and Archaeology was there. Thanks to the Fulbright Foundation in Greece, the co-founder of the HSLA Ira Kaliampetsos took part at this extraordinary session as a Fulbright Fellow. Great insides, new ideas, new partnerships.

More on this Session of the SGS

 

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28 Mar 2019

Italy and China team up to fight looting

Italy and China have agreed to join forces and fight the illegal trafficking of antiquities as part of an agreement signed between the two countries. The Italian government also announced it will return 796 objects that had been illegally exported to Italy from China after a court in Milan ruled last November that the items should be repatriated. The Art Newspaper

 

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26 Mar 2019

Rare Babylonian artefact seized in the UK returned to Iraq

A valuable Babylonian cuneiform stone was handed back to Iraq by the British government on Tuesday, after an attempt to smuggle it into the country was foiled at Heathrow airport. Dating from the second millennium BC, the antiquity is worthy of the world’s greatest museums and valued at hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Source: The National

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20 Mar 2019

China solicits public advice on draft cultural heritage protection regulation

China's Ministry of Justice began Tuesday consulting public opinions on a draft revision to the regulation on the protection of underwater cultural heritage.

Xinhuanet

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11 Mar 2019

Savoy-Sarr report fails to dent tribal market, says Tefaf exhibitor

Didier Claes, who was consulted for the restitution report commissioned by French president Emmanuel Macron, says it has invigorated the market for African art.

Article: The Art Newspaper

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05 Mar 2019

London’s National Army Museum to return emperor's hair to Ethiopia

London’s National Army Museum is to restitute locks of hair of emperor Tewodros, which will now be buried in Ethiopia. Hair is not regarded as “human remains” under UK government guidance for museums (which allows for restitution), but the museum’s council regarded the return as “an opportunity to do something positive diplomatically with Ethiopia”.

Article: The Art Newspaper

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04 Mar 2019

Long in Exile, the Looted Benin Bronzes Tell the Story of a Mighty African Kingdom

The famous Benin bronzes are going home—at least some of them, some of the time. An article by Benjamin Sutton

Article: artsy.net

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04 Mar 2019

China eyes further cooperation with U.S. on relic preservation

China is willing to cooperate further with the United States in relics repatriation and protection, so as to promote a win-win and fair model for the international community at large, a senior Chinese official in charge of relic preservation said recently.

Article: www.xinhuanet.com

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04 Mar 2019

UNESCO - ONLINE TRAININGS

In the framework of the UNESCO-EU partnership, UNESCO has developed two free distinct on-line training courses  on fighting the illicit trafficking of cultural property: one for European Art Market Stakeholders, Academia, Experts and Researchers and one for European Judiciary, Customs and Law Enforcement Officials.

Details: UNESCO

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23 Feb 2019

Holocaust-era art restitution: more complex than you think

 

A rush to judgement has resulted in notable errors, with some "Nazi-looted" art having been purchased legally. An article by Jane Kallir.

 

Article: The Art Newspaper

 

 

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18 Feb 2019

Met hands over an Egyptian coffin that it says was looted

Less than two years after an acquisition, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that it had handed over a first-century BC gilded coffin to the Manhattan district attorney for return to the Egyptian government after discovering that it had been looted in 2011.

Article: The Art Newspaper

 

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08 Feb 2019

Museum of Scotland says Egyptian pyramid stone is not stolen

Gordon Rintoul, director of the Museum of Scotland, insisted it had all the correct paperwork to show that a casing stone from the Great Pyramid of Giza was lawfully taken out of Egypt on behalf of Charles Piazzi Smyth nearly 140 years ago.

Source: The Guardian

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06 Feb 2019

Germany allocates €1.9m for museums to research colonial-era acquisitions

An eight-member panel including Bénédicte Savoy will assess grant applications

Article: The Art Newspaper

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06 Feb 2019

The government of UK has announced plans to widen the definition of "treasure".

The UK government has announced plans to widen the definition of treasure. At present, only items that are at least 300 years old and made substantially of gold or silver, or which are found with artefacts of precious metals, can be declared treasure, so long as an owner cannot be found.

                            Article: The Guardian

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03 Feb 2019

Jean-Claude Juncker must close tax loopholes at Luxembourg freeport, MEP says

Members of the European Parliament are stepping up their fight against alleged money laundering and tax evasion through the use of freeports—high-security warehouses which hold art and other valuable assets, such as cars, wine and jewellery, tax free.

Article: The Art Newspaper

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31 Jan 2019

Geneva Summer School - International Cultural Heritage Law

 This years course in International Cultural Heritage Law by the Geneva Summer School will take place on 17 -28 July 2019. It is organized by the Art-Law Centre and the UNESCO Chair in the International Law of the Protection of Cultural Heritage of the University of Geneva, in collaboration with the University of Miami School of Law. We strongly recommend!

More: The Geneva Summer School

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28 Jan 2019

British Museum ‘rules out’ returning Elgin Marbles

The director of the British Museum has appeared to rule out returning the Elgin Marbles to Greece after its government demanded Britain open negotiations over their return last year. 

Article  plus video:Independent

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18 Jan 2019

How to protect Chinese national relics on loan

A museum's lending process has sparked outrage and raised questions. The question of how to protect national treasures on loan to overseas exhibitions is gaining traction on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

Article: CGTN.com

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10 Jan 2019

A special unit to protect or retrieve ancient treasures is being formed by the British Army.

The 15-strong Cultural Property Protection Unit will be tasked with retrieving works stolen by terrorists, investigations into looting, the protection of ancient objects and reporting on sites of interest to the British military.

Source: Forces Network

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09 Jan 2019

High court won’t hear lawsuit over art seized during WWII

Heirs of a renowned Jewish art collector won’t be able use U.S courts to sue Hungary’s government for the return of paintings seized during World War II that are worth millions, as the Supreme Court said it wouldn’t take the case. So it seems Hungary is immune from being sued in U.S. courts over the paintings stands.

Article and source: Daily Journal

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07 Jan 2019

A new publication on the damage to cultural heritage in Syria’s Ancient City of Aleppo

Τhe first comprehensive account of the devastation wrought on the World Heritage site of the Ancient City of Aleppo during years of armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic has been published by UNESCO and UNITAR.

Text and source: UNESCO

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04 Jan 2019

French antiquities dealers slam ‘shocking’ report on restituting African art

Dealers’ association seeks meeting with culture minister over fears report will open the door to numerous restitution claims for a range of artefacts.

Article: The Art Newspaper

 

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03 Jan 2019

The U.S. art market for stolen antiquities from Yemen must be shut down

Full Article: The Washington Post

 

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31 Dec 2018

Happy New Year - 2019

We wish all our friends a Happy New Year!

Thank you for your support and interest in our work. We will keep on!

The team of HSLA

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31 Dec 2018

“Sophisticated” Art Collectors Are Facing Less Sympathetic Courts

"The rulings highlight the growing scrutiny courts are paying to how art buyers conduct themselves during a transaction, and suggest that due diligence is more important than ever—especially at the top end of the market."

 

Full Article: Artsy net

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30 Dec 2018

The inalienability of public collections

According to The Art Newspaper the so-called Savoy-Sarr report commissioned by President Emmanuel considers the “main obstacle” to restitution  “the inalienability of public collections”.  In other words, works in French national collections cannot be sold or transferred.

Full Article: www.theartnewspaper.com

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29 Dec 2018

The Guardian view on the restitution of cultural property

The Guardian states its view on the return of cultural objects. 

The Guardian: on the restitution of cultural property

 

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29 Dec 2018

German museums 'willing to return' looted colonial objects

France plans to return colonial-era objects to Africa. Other former colonial nations also pondering how to deal with colonial collections. Restitution should not be the focus, a German museum director warns.

Full Article: Deutsche Welle

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26 Dec 2018

7 Important US Art Lawsuits in 2018

Benjamin Sutton wrote an interesting article on “artsy.net” on the 7 biggest us lawsuits in art law for the year 2018.

Link: www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-7-art-lawsuits-2018-art-market

 

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14 Jun 2018

The Getty Will Fight to Keep the Victorious Youth in Los Angeles

The US museum will appeal an Italian court's ruling that the Greek bronze belongs in Italy.

The full article by Artnet News

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14 Jun 2018

Sotheby’s takes Greece to court in antiquities test case

Sotheby’s is taking Greece’s ministry of culture to court over the ownership of an ancient Greek bronze horse, in a highly unusual legal attempt by the auction house “to clarify the rights of legitimate owners” amid a surge in claims by countries of origin.

Full Article

 

 

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14 Jun 2018

German museums pushed to review colonial-era artifacts ‘blind spot’

Germany's new 130-page code of conduct should help museums determine whether colonial-era artifacts were taken unlawfully. But then what?

Article by the "Handelsblatt"

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14 Jun 2018

The US Cultural Property Advisory Committee’s next meeting

The Cultural Property Advisory Committee will meet July 31-August 2, 2018, to review Algeria’s request for U.S. import restrictions on archaeological and ethnological material. The Committee will also consider the proposals to extend the U.S.-Bulgaria cultural property agreement and the U.S.-Honduras cultural property agreement.

More here

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14 Jun 2018

The Victorious Athlete - an ongoing story

An Italian judge ruled on June 1st  that a fourth-century BC Greek statue known as Lysippus after its creator or the Victorious Athlete must be seized wherever in the world it is, rejecting a Malibu Getty Museum appeal. The statue, fished out of the sea off Pesaro in 1964, was bought by the Californian museum for around four million dollars in 1977 from German art dealer Herman Heinz Herzer. Friday's was the third verdict of the same kind by the Pesaro judiciary.
 
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14 Jun 2018

Diploma of Advanced Studies Archéologie classique et droit des biens culturels

The University of Geneva offers a new course in Archéologie classique et droit des biens culturels.

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14 Jun 2018

Greek court upholds Italian art dealer's conviction over rare church murals

An Athens appeals court has upheld an 11-year sentence against a Sicilian art and antiquities dealer convicted over the theft four decades ago of four rare murals from an Early Christian rural church in Steni on Evia.

Source: Article by Kathimerini

 

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06 May 2018

A new court, the Court of Arbitration for Art (CAA) to be formed.

According to the CDR a new arbitration court, to be seated in The Hague, will focus on art-related disputes which have traditionally been at odds with the court litigation process. https://www.cdr-news.com/categories/quinn-emanuel/8176-exclusive-new-arbitration-court-will-tackle-art-disputes

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27 Apr 2018

Christie's recent antiquities sale

ArtNet News

An interesting article on the two of the main problems when it comes to the return of cultural objects: proof of ownership and due diligence. On Artnet News. “An Expert Flagged Two Antiquities Headed for Sale as Suspicious. Christie's recent antiquities sale underscores just how complicated it is to prove certain works are illicit.”

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27 Apr 2018

Angelos Delivorias

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02 Mar 2018

Supreme Court rules that objects from the Persepolis Collection have to stay at Chicago

An important ruling we were waiting for by the US Supreme Court: victims of a 1997 terrorist attack in Jerusalem cannot satisfy their default judgment by seeking possession of antiquities from Iran which have been on loan to the University of Chicago Oriental Institute since 1937.  Attached find the full text of the Ruling Ruling No. 16-534 (U.S.2018)

More on Fox News

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31 Oct 2017

UNESCO and ICCROM Join Forces to Protect Cultural Heritage

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) signed a landmark agreement on Friday 13 October in a new effort to address mounting threats to cultural properties worldwide.

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31 Oct 2017

Saudi Arabia: National Project for Digital Recording of Antiquities shows first successes

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage announced that it has successfully retrieved more than 52,000 artefacts from inside and outside the country as part of the National Project for Digital Recording of Antiquities, which follows international standards for archaeological recording and archiving.


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31 Oct 2017

Italy new member of the CoE Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property

Τhe Minister of Justice of Italy, Andrea Orlando, signed the new Council of Europe Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property, unofficially also referred to as the “Blood Antiquities” Convention. The Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property aims to prevent and combat the illicit trafficking and destruction of cultural property, in the framework of the organization’s action to fight terrorism and organized crime. Since Mai 2017 nine countries have signed the Convention: Armenia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Ukraine and Mexico.  


Details on the convention
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31 Oct 2017

Court orders release of Mugrabi family’s art being held 'hostage' by storage firm

A deal has been negotiated in a legal row between Mana Contemporary, an art storage and exhibition complex in New Jersey, and the prominent art dealing Mugrabi dynasty. David Mugrabi filed a complaint in New York Supreme Court on 23 October alleging that the storage company was holding his family’s art “hostage” over an unpaid invoice. At the heart of the case is an invoice for more than $500,000 that Mana says the Mugrabis owe as storage fees.


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31 Oct 2017

The Art Newspaper's Weekly podcast on UNESCO.

The Art Newspaper’s weekly podcast this week on why the US and Israel pull out of the organization and what will happen next?
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31 Oct 2017

Benin Dialogue Group seeking for a solution for the so called Benin bronzes

The museum consortium, known as the Benin Dialogue Group, formed in 2007, has begun to formulate an action plan “towards the establishment of a permanent display in Benin City”. The Group is seeking a way to end decades of wrangling over the estimated 4,000 bronze and ivory artefacts taken by the British army from what is now southern Nigeria as part of a punitive expedition in 1897.

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31 Oct 2017

Allegedly looted antiquities on sale at London Frieze Masters art fair

Christos Tsirogiannis, a prominent Cambridge-based forensic archaeologist, identified the marble vases – known as lekythoi and dating from the 4th century BC – as related to the convicted dealer Becchina’s.


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31 Oct 2017

Islamic State's looting of antiquities is rising but hard facts remain scarce.

Experts question the reported size of illicit trade, particularly as the number of fake artefacts increases.


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31 Oct 2017

Islamic State's looting of antiquities is rising but hard facts remain scarce

Islamic State's looting of antiquities is rising but hard facts remain scarce
Vincent Noce

In April, Iraqi forces recaptured an empty Mosul Museum from IS fighters. It had been looted and vandalised, although much of its collection was moved to Baghdad in 2014 AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images

Confronted with military defeats and loss of revenues, Islamic State (IS) is taking over the sale and smuggling of looted artefacts, according to testimonies collected by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). “Their accounts describe a pattern of trafficking in which ancient objects make their way from archaeological sites to warehouses in Europe and Asia to await sale to dealers in the West… Western security officials say they expect revenue from looted antiquities to become an increasingly important source of money for IS if its other revenue streams, such as oil, continue to dwindle,” the newspaper predicted in an article from 6 August.

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31 Oct 2017

The Art Newspaper's Weekly podcast on UNESCO.

Why did the US and Israel pull out of the organisation and what will happen next? Plus: 9/11 and its impact on art is explored at London’s Imperial War Museum.


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31 Oct 2017

Benin Dialogue Group seeking for a solution for the so called Benin bronzes

The museum consortium, known as the Benin Dialogue Group, is seeking a way to end decades of wrangling over the estimated 4,000 bronze and ivory artefacts looted by the British army from what is now southern Nigeria as part of a punitive expedition in 1897. Since the 1960s, Nigeria has repeatedly called for their repatriation. The group, formed in 2007, has begun to formulate an action plan “towards the establishment of a permanent display in Benin City”, a university spokesman said. Its members discussed fundraising to support appropriate conservation and security conditions for the objects in Benin City as well as a legal framework that will ensure their immunity from seizure in Nigeria.


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31 Oct 2017

Benin Dialogue Group seeking for a solution for the so called Benin bronzes

The museum consortium, known as the Benin Dialogue Group, is seeking a way to end decades of wrangling over the estimated 4,000 bronze and ivory artefacts looted by the British army from what is now southern Nigeria as part of a punitive expedition in 1897. Since the 1960s, Nigeria has repeatedly called for their repatriation. The group, formed in 2007, has begun to formulate an action plan “towards the establishment of a permanent display in Benin City”, a university spokesman said. Its members discussed fundraising to support appropriate conservation and security conditions for the objects in Benin City as well as a legal framework that will ensure their immunity from seizure in Nigeria.


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17 Oct 2017

Lebanon: New law on Protection of Historic Sites and Buildings on its way

According to the Lebanese “The 961” news, the Lebanese Ministry of Culture declared on 13.10.2017 that the new law on Protection of Historic Sites and Buildings got approved by the Council of Ministers. It still needs to make it to the parliament before it is enacted and considered an enforceable law.


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17 Oct 2017

Audrey Azoulay to be Unesco’s next director-general

In a surprise election, the former French culture minister Audrey Azoulay, considered a dark-horse candidate won the vote of the culture agency’s executive board.

The Art Newspaper Deutsche Welle
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17 Oct 2017

On the situation of illegal trafficking of cultural objects in Ethiopia

Abera Anjulo, a senior expert of the Cultural Heritage Inspection and Standardization Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritages (ARCCH) speaks on the situation of the illegal trafficking in cultural goods in Ethiopia.

The mentioned case of the Maqdala Ethiopian Treasures (mid 19th century) is a case going back to 1999. Read More
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17 Oct 2017

Trump to Withdraw U.S. from UNESCO

The Trump administration announced plans to withdraw from UNESCO citing "anti-Israel bias" as the primary reason for withdrawal. The U.S. seeks to be a nonmember observer of the U.N. agency that designates cultural sites and supports global development programs such as literacy and clean water. Artsy Net publishes a good article on the consequences.

ARTSY NET
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17 Oct 2017

A 2,300-year-old marble sculpture of a bull’s head will be returned to Lebanon

A Colorado couple has dropped a federal lawsuit that sought to stop the Manhattan district attorney’s office from returning to the Republic of Lebanon an ancient marble bull’s head that prosecutors said had been looted during that country’s civil war. The collectors, Lynda and William Beierwaltes, had argued that they bought the artifact in good faith for more than $1 million in 1996.

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16 Oct 2017

Hermitage Museum and UNESCO signed a memorandum on protection of cultural objects in armed conflict zones

According to TASS Russia’s State Hermitage Museum and UNESCO have inked a memorandum on cooperating to protect items of cultural value in armed conflict zones, in particular, in the Middle East. It was signed by Hermitage Museum Director General, Mikhail Piotrovsky, and UNESCO Head Irina Bokova.

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16 Oct 2017

A new antiquities bill in India causes discussions

A new antiquities bill in India causes discussions over abolishing the requirement for a special licence for selling antiquities. According to “The Print” there has been a long-running debate over free market and state control and officials might have found themselves under pressure from the art collectors’ lobby.

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