Fears that the Met’s specialist art crime squad would be disbanded forever have been allayed following the announcement that the unit has reformed.
As homegrown efforts to counter the illicit trade in cultural property progress though the UK Parliament, the European Commission has begun consulting on a proposed EU import licence system to tackle the problem. The Consultation on Rules on the Import of Cultural Goods opened on 28 October 2016 and is part of EU efforts to “protect … Continue reading Consultation begins on proposed EU efforts to tackle illicit trade in cultural property
Following from our previous article on this topic, the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill has continued to make progress through the House of Commons towards becoming law. The Bill had its second reading in the House of Commons on 31 October 2016 and was introduced by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (Karen Bradley) as follows: … Continue reading The Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill – An update
What is it? The Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill (the “Bill”) was announced in the Queen’s speech and received its first reading in the House of Lords on 19 May 2016. The first draft of the Bill was published the next day. The Bill, if passed, will ratify the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection … Continue reading Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill: A summary
Last week the US Senate voted unanimously to ban the import of nearly all ancient art and artefacts from Syria. The Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act has now passed onto President Obama to be signed into law.
As Islamic State militants continue to wreak havoc on cultural property in the Middle East, members of the House of Lords are calling for the establishment of a “Red Cross for heritage” in London.
Assets and Advice: Advisors in the family office and private client sphere are used to advising clients in relation to their assets. But what should an advisor or their client think about when asked by a museum or cultural institution to lend their work towards an upcoming exhibition? This is not a normal request and … Continue reading Private loans of fine cultural objects to museums – why do it and how to mitigate the risks
French President Emmanuel Macron has stunned with a historic pledge to repatriate cultural heritage objects to Africa.
A landmark accord was signed in Rome yesterday (16 February) establishing an emergency task force for the protection of cultural heritage in conflict zones. The agreement was signed by UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, and Italy’s Minister for Foreign affairs, Paolo Gentiloni inside the 1st century Baths of Diocletian. It commits the Italian government to deploying … Continue reading Task force established to protect cultural heritage in conflict zones
As the outbreak of COVID-19 has intensified, the UK art market, an inherently international industry, which thrives on both its domestic and global events, has felt the unprecedented effects. Despite this, the art market is proving a very resilient and flexible industry finding new and innovative ways to adapt to the ever-changing circumstances we are … Continue reading A View from the Market – Q&A with arts barrister, Andrew Bruce