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The Illicit Trade in Art and Antiquities

International Recovery and Criminal and Civil Liability

By: Janet Ulph, Ian Smith
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Published: 05-10-2012
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 352
ISBN: 9781841139647
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 244 x 169 mm
RRP : £110.00
 

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About The Illicit Trade in Art and Antiquities

This new text provides practical guidance on the modern law relating to cultural objects which have been stolen, looted or illegally exported. It explains how English criminal law principles, including money laundering measures, apply to those who deal in cultural objects in a domestic or international setting. It discusses the recovery of works of art and antiquities in the English courts where there are competing claims between private individuals, or between individuals and the UK Government or a foreign State. Significantly, this text also provides an exposition of the law where a British law enforcement agency, or a foreign law enforcement agency, is involved in the course of criminal or civil proceedings in an English court. The growth of relevant international instruments, which include not only those devoted to the protection of mankind's cultural heritage but also those concerned with money laundering and serious organised crime, provide a backdrop to this discussion. The UK's ratification of the UNESCO Convention on Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property 1970 in 2002 is considered. The problems posed in attempting to curb trafficking in art and antiquities are explored and the effectiveness of the current law is analysed.

Table Of Contents

1 The Trade in Art and Antiquities
Janet Ulph
2 International Initiatives
Janet Ulph
3 Criminal Offences Affecting the Trade in Art and Antiquities
Janet Ulph
4 Recovery Through the Criminal and Civil Courts where Law Enforcement Agencies are Involved
Ian Smith
5 Civil Liability Affecting the Trade in Art and Antiquities
Janet Ulph
6 Private Recovery through the Civil Courts
Ian Smith
7 Conclusions: Identification, Ownership and Changing Market Norms
Janet Ulph
Appendix A: Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property 1970
Appendix B: Council Regulation (EC) No 116/2009 of 18 December 2008 on the export of cultural goods
Appendix C: Council Directive 93/7/EEC of 15 March 1993 on the return of cultural objects unlawfully removed from the territory of a Member State

Reviews

“The mishandling of works of art or antiquities raise a host of issues in international, civil and criminal law across different jurisdictions. Janet Ulph and Ian Smith have pulled together the different elements into a neat and extremely useful book. It works very well as a practitioner guide but includes a good academic context for the discussion.” –  Richard Harwood QC, Thirty Nine Essex Street,

“The text makes outstanding contributions to knowledge in several areas [and] nurtures the understanding of scholars, researchers, practitioners and students interested in legal developments in the premier art market in the UK. It also provides a solid basis for comparative law study of an eminently worthwhile subject.” –  Christa Roodt, Edinburgh Law Review, Volume 17

“An intelligent and thorough endeavour, this text is a great credit to its authors.” –  M Michelle Gallant, Legal Studies, Volume 34, Number 1

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