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POSTPONED From Spoliated Art Restitution to Colonial Loot Repatriation: Lessons Learnt and Ways Forward

Date: TBC

Time: 17:00-19:00 (registration from 16:30)
Followed by a drinks reception

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, LONDON, WC1B 5JP

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Event Details

This event will explore the challenges associated with the claims for the restitution of cultural heritage. This event is particularly timely given that the Arts Council England is currently supporting the development of guidance for museums which are faced with restitution requests.

Drawing from claims concerned with Nazi-looted art, the discussion will seek to identify some lessons learnt, which may be relevant to the current debate surrounding colonial-looted objects. The panel will also address some of the ongoing challenges associated with restitution claims, including provenance research but also the legal barriers faced by some claimants. During a hearing held at the European Parliament last December, several voices even called for the establishment of a specialised agency to deal with those types of claims, a possible way forward which will also be discussed at the event.


Pierre Valentin, Constantine Cannon LLP


  • Isabel von Klitzing, Provenance Research Expert
  • Robert Peters, German Federal Foreign Office (TBC)
  • Jacques Schuhmacher, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Provenance and Spoliation Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Anne Webber, Commission for Looted Art in Europe
  • Kristin Hausler, British Institute of International and Comparative Law
  • Till Vere-Hodge, Constantine Cannon LLP
  • Evelien Campfens, Leiden University, formerly Dutch Restitutions Committee


Pricing and Registration

Please note this event will be re-scheduled. A new date will be announced shortly

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 2 CPD hours.


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