New electronic resource: Art Law and Cultural Property


Our newest addition, Art Law and Cultural Property offers the researcher two highly specialized databases:

“International Cultural Property Ownership and Export Legislation (ICPOEL) and Case Law and Statutes (CLS)—will help users navigate the increasingly complex and abundant body of legislation and case law regarding the acquisition and ownership of artworks.”

ICOPEL “contains legislation governing the export and ownership of cultural property from dozens of countries.” Its “links connect foreign legislation to relevant U.S. case law. There are also links to relevant international conventions and bilateral agreements. Also included is “Country Contacts,” information on the government official(s) in each country to whom a query regarding the legality of acquiring a work can be addressed.”

CLS ” contains an extensive body of primarily U.S. case law, including both litigated cases and, notably, hard-to-find, out-of-court settlements. The material is organized under eight topics: World War II-Era/Holocaust Related Art Loss; Cultural Property (Antiquities) Disputes Over Non-United States Property; United States Cultural Property; Art Theft (other than World War II and cultural property looting); Other Ownership Title Disputes/Claims Including Conversion and Breach of Contract; Art Fraud, Attribution, Authenticity, Forgery, Libel, and Defamatory Statements; Valuation/Appraisal; and Copyright, Moral Rights and Other Issues”

Check it out!  (Extra-credit if you can name the repository of Modern Art shown above….)