Due Diligence in Cultural Heritage Litigation-Is There A Minimum Threshold?
Friday, October 11, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)
This course will discuss the current legal standard defining due diligence, as well as its limitations, the varied approaches attempting to currently address due diligence requirements in the market, and provide a suggested framework and associated checklist to satisfy due diligence requirements in provenance research for cultural objects. The courts have the means to enforce the proper ownership rights of current possessors, good-faith purchasers, and rightful owners, yet the market is encountering significant challenges in implementing due diligence standards to comply with legal requirements and stabilize the trade.
This course has been organized by the Holocaust Art Restitution Project (HARP), in conjunction with the Ciric Law Firm, PLLC. It is being hosted by the Leo Baeck Institute, a New York City-based research library devoted to the study of the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry. http://www.lbi.org/
When & Where
The Holocaust Art Restitution Project (HARP) and the Ciric Law Firm, PLLC
The Holocaust Art Restitution Project (HARP) was co-founded in September 1997 in Washington, DC, by Ori Z. Soltes, Willi Korte, and Marc Masurovsky to document cultural property losses suffered by Jewish individuals, families, and institutions between 1933 and 1945 at the hands of the National Socialists and their Fascist allies across continental Europe; to conduct historical research into the wartime and postwar fate of stolen, confiscated, misappropriated cultural property.
Founded in 2011, the Ciric Law Firm, PLLC is a boutique law firm specializing in commercial litigation for businesses and individuals. The firm has also been dedicated to purposeful cultural heritage litigation since its inception, in such diverse areas as impressionist paintings and Judaica.