The looting of art and cultural heritage is a problem that has plagued humanity since the dawn of civilization. The greatest empires have fallen victim to plunder, and it is a problem that still troubles us today. In recent years, international attention has focused on looting in the Middle East, but this destructive behaviour continues to occur all around the world.
Legal systems and law enforcement face an ongoing struggle to deter theft and plunder and to subsequently repatriate displaced objects from private and public collections. At the same time, refraining from the acquisition of problematic material is also essential in protecting heritage.
Leila A. Amineddoleh is the Founder and Managing Partner of Amineddoleh & Associates, LLP where she specializes in art, cultural heritage, and intellectual property law. She has published extensively on issues related to art, cultural heritage, and intellectual property, and has appeared in major news outlets, including the New York Times, Forbes Magazine, The Guardian, TIME Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. As an advocate for the protection of cultural heritage, Leila A. Amineddoleh serves as a cultural heritage law expert for the New York District Attorney’s Office Antiquities Trafficking Unit. She teaches International Art & Cultural Heritage Law at Fordham University School of Law, in addition to Art Crime and the Law at New York University.
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