Anti-Seizure Two Years On, London 2 December 2009

Events and Conferences
A seminar to be held in London on the afternoon of 2nd December 2009 organised by the Institute of Art and Law.

It is now almost two years since the enactment of Part 6 of the Tribunals Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 gave immunity from seizure to art objects entering the UK for exhibition. Since then a detailed body of practice has grown up around the core policy of barring the courts from interfering with return obligations that arise under museum bailments. Anti-seizure laws, both at home and overseas, have attracted close scrutiny from lawyers, legislators, museum practitioners and others, with the result that the legislative impact is still being assessed and methods of avoidance are being mooted. In the field of Nazi spoliation, other recent developments add colour and intensity to the anti-seizure debate: for example, the passage through Parliament of the Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Bill, and the proposal for an advisory panel in the USA to pronounce on Holocaust-related art claims.

In this informal colloquium, an international group of experts will comment on the present state of affairs, predict further developments, and offer practical advice on the way ahead for museums and claimants. There will be a full opportunity for debate and exchange of ideas across a wide range of professions and disciplines.

Speakers include: Professor Norman Palmer CBE (Counsel, 3 Stone Buildings; Chair, Treasure Valuation Committee), Dr Matthias Weller (University of Heidelberg), Charles Goldstein (Herrick Feinstein LLP, New York), Freda Matassa (Museums Consultant and Art Collections Manager; Expert Adviser to the Minister of Culture on Immunity from Seizure Applications), Kevin Chamberlain (Counsel, Expert Adviser to the Minister of Culture on Immunity from Seizure Applications)

3.5 Law Society CPD points.

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