Art Law Blast
Calendar of Events
This section provides highlights from our Calendar. For more listings, please visit Art Law Calendar.

**Nov. 7, 2012 -- Art, Law & the Lessons of the Holocaust (Herrick Feinstein, New York, NY) 7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
To register for this event, hosted by Herrick Feinstein and the Anti-Defamation League, visit EventBrite.

**Nov. 8, 2012 -- The Carabinieri for the Protection of Cultural Heritage (Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum, UPenn, Philadelphia, PA) 6 P.M.
This presentation will give an overview of the history, functions, and activities carried out by the Carabinieri for the Protection of Cultural Heritage at the national and international level. The main threats to cultural heritage will be discussed together with the instruments used to fight them, most prominently, the Italian database of stolen works of art, “Leonardo”, which provides the groundwork for any investigation of the TPC, storing information about national and international stolen works of art.

Carmelo Manola, Head Captain, Data Processing Unit, Carabinieri
Angelo Ragusa, Warrant Officer, Operative Department, Carabinieri

**Nov. 9, 2012 -- Art Law Day at NYU (Appraisers Association of America, New York) 8:30 A.M. - 6 P.M.
Program and Speakers include:
 Moral Rights Keynote: Judith Bresler 
Moral Rights and the Law: John Cahill, Moderator; Gloria Velandia, Magdalena Dabrowski, and Christiane Fischer. Intro by Yuri Yanchyshyn.
Authenticity Issues and the Law:  Michael Stout, moderator; Peter Stern, Sharon Flescher, and Jack Flam. Intro by Judy Pearson.
Art Financing and the Law: Chris Marinello, moderator; Amy Goldrich, Elizabeth von Habsburg, and Nicola Walter. Intro by Dorit Straus.
Philanthropy and the Law: Ralph Lerner, moderator; Holland Dunn, Donn Zaretzky, and Karin Gross. Intro by Ella Newman.

For Art Law Day, you must register directly with NYU/SCPS. To do so, click HERE. If you have any trouble registering, please call 212.992.3258.

**Nov. 16, 2012 -- 5th Annual Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Institute (NY, NY) 8:45 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Details to follow.

**Nov, 27, 2012 -- Fair and Just Solutions? Alternatives to litigation in Nazi looted art disputes: status quo and new developments (Peace Palace, Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ in The Hague, The Netherlands)
For full details, click here.


  • Registration for the 4th Annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition is OPEN. The Oral Arguments for the 2013 Competition will be held on February 22-23 at the U.S Courthouse in Chicago. To register, visit DePaul University College of Law website.  The National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition is open to 20 two- and three-member student teams from ABA-accredited or provisionally accredited law schools. Each school may register up to two teams with a registration fee of $400 per team. A school may register for the 2013 Competition starting on August 27, 2012. Payment deadline and problem release date is November 15, 2012.
From the publisher: "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 is available at
  • NEW PUBLICATION: Institute of Art and Law in the UK announced a forthcoming publication by Richard Harwood entitled Historic Environment Law: Planning, listed builidgins, monuments, conservation areas and objects. The content seems more exciting than the title: "This book covers the planning system and deals with the historic environment and the designation and control applied to listed buildings, conservation areas, scheduled monuments, archaeological areas, gardens, battlefields and World Heritage Sites.  It addresses the removal of art and antiquities from site and buildings, including treasure and the consequences of unlawful removal.  Discrete regimes are discussed, including the Church of England, military remains and wrecks." For details and to order the book, visit IAL.

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Nov 02, 2012 11:59 am | Irina Tarsis

The venerable art gallery that was Knoedler & Co. will continue appearing in court filings and academic publications for a long time. There are a number of cases pending against by art collectors who claim that Knoedler sold fakes. On a brighter note, Getty Research Institute just acquired the Knoedler archive (1850-1971), recognizing the historical importance of this long prosperous and once

Nov 02, 2012 11:38 am | Irina Tarsis

Who needs an octogenarian superhero, Superman (born ca. 1938) when you have a strong infrastructure and volunteers to help get a metropolis back up running after a hurricane?! In 2010, DC Comics sued siblings of artist Joe Shuster seeking a judgment that they, as his heirs, lost their rights to reclaim copyright in the famous superhero. Shuster's are represented by Marc Toberoff, founding

Nov 01, 2012 11:55 am | Ariel Greenberg

In the wake of the unprecedented destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy earlier this week, the art dealers, gallerists, and museum professionals of New York City survey the damage done. From Chelsea to Greenpoint, and DUMBO to the Lower East Side, the art world is grappling with destroyed artworks and wrecked office and exhibition spaces. Art Info reported that many spaces, including R 20th

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