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The A&CHL Newsletter: The FSIA Commerical Activities Exception and Cultural Property as a Human Right

September 25, 2011


The American Bar Association Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee has released its Summer 2011 Newsletter, which is available for free download here.  Of particular interest are the articles on the commercial activities exception of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and one on State v. Rubin (written before the newest decision). There is also an […]

Do Tourists Receive a “Get Out of Jail Free” Card to Smuggle Illicit Antiquities?

November 24, 2010


I was just in San Fran for an ARCA panel presentation, so I thought this post timely.  The Bay City News reports: A gathering is planned in San Francisco today to celebrate the repatriation of a pre-Columbian figurine seized from a passenger at Oakland International Airport earlier this year. The 2.5-inch figurine was confiscated on […]

75 Glorious Minutes on the International Antiquities Trade

April 23, 2010


This is an oldie (not that old, just over a year) but a goodie.  Patty Gerstenblith gives a talk at Case Western Reserve University titled, “The International Market in Ancient Art and Artifacts; Preserving the Past through Regulating the Market.”  The talk is quite good and the quality of the recording is just fine.  Add […]

Cultural Property Law on April 19, 2010: Moon Rocks, Chilean Churches, and Peruvian Skulls

April 19, 2010


Today, in the wild, wonderful world of cultural property law… This coming Tuesday, former FBI agent Robert Wittman, will talk about the recovery of stolen art at Albright College; New Mexico’s gone and done it (“it” being formally designating moon artifacts as cultural property, discussed in more detail on CPAL here); Chile gets to work […]

Cultural Property Law on March 12, 2010: Dead Dogs, Inside Men, and Pearl Diving

March 12, 2010


All things cultural property law for today, March 12, 2010: The Jan/Feb 2010 issue of Preservation Magazine contains an article (“The Inside Man“) detailing an FBI agent’s efforts in a good ol’fashioned sting operation on a collector in illegally excavated Native American ancient objects.  It’s an easy and enjoyable read, good story.  Hat tip LCCHP. […]

Cultural Property Law on March 10, 2010: Bullfighting, Shaolin Monks, Shipwrecks, et al.

March 10, 2010


I’m going to try a new format, only a little bit inspired from Derek Fincham’s occasional “Footnotes” format.  It is also inspired by my seeing all these great news bites when I go through my reader in the morning and not having the time to give you witty commentary on them all.  Without further adieu, […]

Metal Cages: Not just for dancing, says UNESCO.

October 20, 2008


Last month, Slovenia became the 20th state party to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage.  Accordingly, the Convention will go into effect in January 2009.  Parties to the convention pledge to preserve underwater cultural heritage and protect it from commercial exploitation. Further, the Convention shows preference for in situ preservation of […]