SMNR: International/Comparative Art & Antiquities Law

Class Unique: 30095
We will discuss (1) international agreements for the protection of national cultural heritage, especially the UNESCO Convention, UNIDROIT, and Hague; (2) protection of antiquities during hostilities, e.g., Iraq; (3) national legislation for the protection of antiquities, e.g., in Mexico or in Turkey or most recently Cambodia; (4) rules of bona fide purchase in the key art trading countries: England, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, the United States; (5) United States customs and stolen-property trade law; (6) conflict-of-laws aspects of the international art trade; (7) practical problems of museum administration, artists' rights, and the like; and finally (8) actual cases in these countries in recent years. Prior knowledge of international law, conflict of laws, and comparative law is not required, but exposure to these fields will serve as an introduction or a refresher. Participants will choose among suggested topics for presentation, with the opportunity to learn from other participants’ research. Seminar papers may be submitted to journals; several have been published over the years.

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Thursday 3:45 - 5:35 pm JON 5.208
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Baade, Hans W. Baade, Hans W.