The looting of art and ethnological materials is as old as civilization itself. However, the issue of how to prevent looting during times of both war and peace was first addressed in the 19th century. How to deal with looted cultural material that enters into the international art market remains a highly relevant issue as evidenced by the ongoing looting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Americas. The restitution of art works looted during World War II presents yet other legal issues of ownership and statutes of limitations.
The symposium examined the evolving legislative and legal remedies for cultural heritage objects looted during war and peace. The symposium addressed the following questions:
- How can the looting of cultural objects during wartime be prevented?
- Once looted, what are the routes by which such objects are disbursed through the art market?
- How do cultural objects reify national identity?
- What are the legal and administrative channels available to stop the pillage and international trade of looted art?
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The Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal (CPLPEJ) is a multidisciplinary publication dedicated to discussing and analyzing the policy implications of governmental actions, how lawyers advocate in the public interest, and how the ethical choices of legal workers affect the law and the public at large. CPLPEJ published writing in all areas of the law, including consitutional law, family law, legal ethics, criminal law, civil rights law, immigration law, environmental law, civil law, labor law, animal rights law, and sexual orientation law. The Journal is committed to a non-ideological investigation of issues, and accepts submissions from philosophers, economists, sociologists, activists, lawyers, and other professionals.
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