Restitution obligation? The treatment of cultural property from problematic contexts
The Art Law Foundation and the Art-Law Centre have joined forces to organise a half-day conference to discuss the problems associated with the movement of cultural property from problematic contexts and how they are dealt with in positive law.
The aim of the conference Restitution obligation? The treatment of cultural property from problematic contexts is to define the elements that make it possible to document the trajectory of a cultural object – from its original location to its current location – and to clarify the legal impact that this provenance may have on the enjoyment of the object by its owner. In the light of recent case law and legislative developments, these issues have taken on new relevance. These developments cannot, however, hide the fact that the law offers solutions to many of these disputes, and in particular provides security in transactions that certain decisions, handed down by non-judicial bodies, cannot. This tension will be addressed at this conference through presentations on the situation in France, Germany and Switzerland, using case studies to put the issue back into academic thinking.