artlaw.club – a virtual interest club for art and cultural heritage protection

ArtLaw.club is a social platform and a virtual interest club for art and cultural heritage protection experts and connoisseurs. They publish articles and engage in discussions on Art Law, Art Finance and Art Tech questions. Besides, ArtLaw.club actively participates in professional teaching courses, by organizing educational seminars on illicit traffic in cultural material to law…

EU report on EU “Illicit trade in cultural goods in Europe”

The new EU Commission’s funded report “Illicit trade in cultural goods in Europe” is out now – and it’s almost 300 pages strong! The report was written by Dr. Neil Brodie Dr. Donna Yates from Trafficking Culture. You can have a look at it following this link or download it here.

Looted antiquities at fairs: who’s to blame?

From the Observer, by Noah Charney, November 7, 2018 It is unfortunately a well-known fact that the art trade has occasionally been infiltrated by unscrupulous characters—art forgers, flippers and thieves are among the first to come to mind. In modern art history, the cases of outright art theft are rare and newsworthy. But in the…

Artefacts worth €40m recovered in raids across Europe

By John Phillips (Rome) and Justin Huggler (Berlin) for the Telegraph, July 4, 2018. Police have arrested an international ring of traffickers alleged to have smuggled thousands of stolen Sicilian archaeological treasures worth more than £30 million to collectors and auction houses across Europe. A British art dealer and 20 Italians have been arrested, along…

UNESCO, EU and art market fight against illicit trafficking of cultural objects

From the UNESCO-Homepage, published March 28, 2018 When it comes to the global art market, Europe is reportedly the largest exporter of art and antiquities, and the second largest importer.  While most of the estimated USD 14.6 billion European trade is licit or “clean”, there is no doubt that it also falls victim to organized…

EAA-conference in Barcelona, September 2018: call for contributions

At the annual conference of the EAA in Barcelona, 5-8 September 2018, our committee organises a session on: CULTURAL PROPERTY: FROM LOOTING AND ILLEGAL TRADE TO RESTITUTION Theme: Archaeology and the European Year of Cultural Heritage (Session #763) Author: Dr Mödlinger, Marianne (France) – Université Bordeaux Montaigne Organisors: Dr Kairiss, Andris (Latvia) – Latvian Academy…