Restitution, Repatriation and Return: When Objects Go Back

02 Mar 2015 7:50 AM | Anonymous

Restitution, Repatriation and Return: When Objects Go Back

Frequently misunderstood development in the law of art and cultural property in recent decades has been the elaboration in national laws, international instruments, and customary international law of the rights of individuals, groups, nations or other entities to obtain the return of cultural objects that were taken from them, their ancestors or predecessor, or their territory at some point in the past.  This article is the first in a five-part series discussing restitution, repatriation, and return of cultural objects.  Each part addresses a different category of return: (1) restitution of stolen cultural objects, (2) restitution of cultural objects taken during World War II, (3) restitution of illicitly excavated and/or illicitly exported cultural objects, (4) repatriation of tribal and indigenous cultural objects, and (5) the return of cultural objects removed during colonial occupation. 

http://www.natlawreview.com/article/restitution-repatriation-and-return-when-objects-go-back

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