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U.S. Federal Power and the Repatriation of Cultural Artifacts

Thursday, April 3, 2014; 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM
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The use of civil and criminal forfeiture actions, as well as broad informational demands by foreign governments pursuant to mutual legal assistance treaties (MLAT), have impacted the ability of collectors, museums and antiquities and paleontological dealers to acquire objects. In recent years, however, there have been conflicting opinions in the courts about how an object can be deemed stolen under the National Stolen Property Act.

The panel will discuss the use of civil forfeiture, criminal forfeiture and MLAT requests and the questions they raise about how U.S. policy is being made and applied to effectuate the repatriation of cultural artifacts to their countries of origins.

Moderator: Peter K. Tompa, Bailey & Ehrenberg PLLC

Speakers: Sharon Levin, Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of SDNY Forfeiture Section; Evan Barr, Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Michael McCullough, Michael McCullough LLC; James McAndrew, Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP

Sponsored by: Committee on Art Law, Dean Nicyper, Chair

Co-sponsored by: ABA Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee, Jacqueline Farinella and Channah Norman, Co-Chairs


42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036


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