Consultation begins on proposed EU efforts to tackle illicit trade in cultural property

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

The Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill – An update

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

Private loans of fine cultural objects to museums – why do it and how to mitigate the risks

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

Task force established to protect cultural heritage in conflict zones

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