Pharaoh, Pharaoh, Whoa Baby, Let My Relics Go

November 22, 2010


The MET’s agreed to return 19 archaeological objects to Egypt.  The arrangement is a victory for Egypt, which had no legal claim to the artifacts, but was demanding their return on ethical grounds.  The following NPR spot talks about the repatriation, and whether this means the British Museum will be sending back that Rosetta Stone […]

Spring 2011 Cultural Property Law Course

November 16, 2010


Once in a while, here at CPAL, a little self-promotion is in order.  I try to keep it to a minimum, but I’m kind of excited about this one. This coming Spring, I will be teaching a Cultural Property Law course at the University of Wisconsin Law School.  Here is the course description: This course […]

What is Cultural Property Law?

November 16, 2010


You’d think in two years of maintaining this blog, I would have addressed this question before.  But, no.   So I now have this very exciting opportunity to tell readers and webernauts about what I think is the most fascinating area of the law… What is cultural property law? Cultural property law is the body […]

Documentary “Blood Antiques” Argues Illicit Antiquities Trade Sends Billions of Euros to Terrorism

November 15, 2010


This weekend, I watched the documentary “Blood Antiques,” released last year by Journeyman Pictures.  If you are at all interested in the illicit antiquities trade (and especially if you are interested in the organization of that trade), you should watch this 45 minute movie.  It argues that because antiquities tend to come from “unstable countries,” […]

The San Francisco Treat (Me!)

November 12, 2010


Next Thursday, I’ll be presenting on the Antiquities Trafficking panel at the American Society of Criminologists Conference in San Francisco, CA.  The panel is sponsored by the Association of Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA), and I’ll present alongside Derek Fincham, Erik Nemeth, and Yasmeen del Rosario Hussain.  Here’s the abstract from my presentation: Honor […]

Oral Arguments Scheduled in Black Swan Case

November 9, 2010


We’ve been following the Black Swan case fairly closely here on the Cultural Property & Archaeology Law Blog, and in the last month or two I’ve been getting emails and comments asking what’s going on in the case.  But, finally!  There is news to report! Oral arguments have been scheduled on Odyssey Marine Exploration’s appeal […]

Peru Mounts Campaign against Yale to Reclaim Artifacts

November 8, 2010


In recent weeks, Peru has stepped up its efforts to reclaim Peruvian artifacts from Yale.  We’ve discussed the controversy on the Cultural Property & Archaeology Law Blog here and here, but the New York Times has provided this excellent summary: Peru has argued that the items were only lent to the university and should have […]


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