Browsing All Posts filed under »Repatriation«

Human Rights and Cultural Heritage: From the Holocaust to the Haitian Earthquake

March 2, 2011

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On March, 31, 2011, the American Society of International Law (ASIL), the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (LCCHP), the Art Law Society of Cardozo Law School, and the Hofstra Law School Art and Cultural Heritage Club will invite professionals, students, and interested members of the public to New York City for an exciting event […]

ICE Returns Historic Documents Stolen Amidst Soviet Breakup to Russia

February 28, 2011

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On Friday, the US handed over a trove of historic archive documents that were stolen after the Soviet breakup and had appeared in auction houses across the US.  From AP: The 21 documents include decrees issued by Czar Nicholas II and Marshal Georgy Zhukov, a top-secret paper on the reconstruction of Russian military airfields in […]

Yale Agrees to Return Machu Picchu Artifacts to Peru: Ethics-Based Repatriation Efforts Gain Steam

December 28, 2010

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The year is 1908.  You are an academic from Yale, traveling deep in the wilds of South America.  A native farmer offers to show you something spectacular, pointing to a mountain that you had no plans to climb.  You are skeptical, but have an adventurer’s spirit, and can’t resist his offer.  You set out first […]

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

November 24, 2010

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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 […]

Pharaoh, Pharaoh, Whoa Baby, Let My Relics Go

November 22, 2010

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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 […]

Peru Mounts Campaign against Yale to Reclaim Artifacts

November 8, 2010

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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 […]

Repatriation of Aboriginal Remains and Artifacts in Canada

September 13, 2010

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Last week I saw this Vancouver Sun article — Cultural treasures will be repatriated to B.C. first nation —  reporting on 300 Nisga artifacts (including masks, headdresses, rattles, blankets, and a totem pole) which will be returned to the B.C. tribe in a ceremony on September 15th. Maybe it’s the lawyer in me, but I […]

Who’s On First? The Communication Gap in the Transparency Discussion

June 10, 2010

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Earlier this week I posted some comments from Attorney William Pearlstein in reference to Italy’s refusal to release the photographs seized from illicit antiquities trader Giacomo Medici (see “Is Italy ‘Asking For It’ By Refusing to Release the Medici Photographs?“).  Pearlstein argues that Italy should release the photographs so that collectors can perform due diligence […]

Is Italy “Asking For It” By Refusing to Release the Medici Photographs? Three items at Christie’s raise questions

June 6, 2010

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Christie’s is being criticized for leaving on the auction block three items which have been alleged by archaeologists and an Italian prosecutor to have originated from the famous and illicit antiquities trader, Giacomo Medici.  Italy, however, has not submitted a formal request for repatriation of the objects to the U.S. government or even a title […]

The Elgin Marbles, the Bust of Nefertiti, the Euphronios Krater, and the Rosetta Stone: Who Owns What?

May 11, 2010

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As I typed in my rather unimaginative title to this post (I’m exhausted from traveling today, and its the best I could do), I thought about how I’d like to see that dogs playing poker painting redone to have all of these items in it.  You know, playing poker. The New York Times recently printed […]