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Bona Fide Purchasers and Owners of Cultural Heritage
International and US federal jurisdictions differ in approach when attempting to resolve cultural heritage disputes. Through discussion of the Hague and UNESCO conventions as representatives of international law, and of three federal lawsuits decided in the United States, I show that both jurisdictions exhibit limitations when dealing with cultural artifacts: international treaties cannot enforce final decisions for restitution, and US courts can only apply property laws rather than cultural heritage principles. It is in this imperfect legal realm, I argue, that cultural property disputes are settled or resolved.
Bachelor of Arts in Art History
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export, and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural PropertyConvention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed ConflictCultural property--Protection--Law and legislation--United StatesCultural property--Protection (International law)RestitutionLaw and artArt, Modern--21st century--HistoryArt Institute of Chicago--School--DissertationsAcademic thesesElectronic dissertations
art law; cultural heritage; cultural heritage export; cultural heritage import; cultural heritage looting; UNESCO, the Hague; US federal courts; US jurisdiction; Cyprus; Turkey; Peru.
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