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Databases

International Art and Heritage Law database provides a survey of current national legislation for the protection of cultural heritage in the member states of the European Union and their participation in international (UNESCO and UNIDROIT) and regional (EU and Council of Europe) instruments in the field. It provides links to the full texts of treaties, constitutional provisions and laws covering movable and immovable, tangible and intangible cultural heritage and language.

IFAR Art Law and Cultural Property databases - note: not free (non-subscribers can pay for 2 or 4 hour access) maintained by the International Foundation for Art Research, this site provides two databases:

  • International Cultural Property/Ownership & Export Legislation (ICPOEL database) - legislation governing the export and ownership of cultural property from dozens of countries
  • Case Law & Statutes - extensive body of primarily U.S. case law, including both litigated cases and, notably, hard-to-find, out-of-court settlements.

Blogs

The Art Law Blog

Art Law: Recent Developments in Art Litigation and Art Finance

Chasing Aphrodite - "the hunt for looted antiquities in the world's museums"

Clancco: The Source for Art and Law

Cultural Heritage Lawyer

Illicit Cultural Property - regular updates on thefts, antiquities looting, and legal developments in the field

E-Treatises and Research Guides

Art, Artifact, Architecture and Museum Law
Art, Artifact, Architecture & Museum Law
provides expert examination of the policies and laws concerning the visual arts-the first work of its kind to link procedure, substance, and evidence and to present an integrated analysis of the social, policy, economic, and cultural issues so crucial to arts transactions and litigation. This e-treatise is available on Westlaw e-Treatises (Westlaw login and password required)

Cultural Property : A Legal Research Guide
Rebecca Lutkenhaus 
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This guide contains information on primary law, secondary resources and non-legal resources relating to cultural property, using a timeline approach to also show the development of this area of law. It includes listings of international conventions with annotations summarizing the impact of the conventions and whether these conventions are binding and upon whom. Also contains information on non-governmental organizations concerned with cultural property and ethical codes that relate to the topic, many of which focus on theft, looting and provenance.

Legal Protection of Cultural Property: A Selective Resource Guide
This online research guide features important sources of information, both print and electronic, concerning the protection of cultural property in wartime, international trade in cultural property, and the laws applicable to the illicit traffic of art and antiquities.

Books at the Law Library

U.S. and Intergovernmental Organizations

Books in the Main Library

Repatriation Resources

Documentation Project - Project for the Documentation of Wartime Cultural Losses

Holocaust-Era Assets - U.S. National Archives collections

Nazi-Era Provenance Internet Portal - by American Association of Museums

Stolen Art Resources

Art Loss Register - private database of lost and stolen art (includes case studies)


INTERPOL Works of Art - lists stolen and recovered works

Miscellaneous Resources

ArThemis - case notes about art and cultural property disputes

Code of Ethics for Museums

Hein Online Subject Compilations - browse subject list

International Code of Ethics for Dealers in Cultural Property - UNESCO

              
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