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.