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BIICL Undertakes New Project on the Restitution of Cultural Objects

BIICL is undertaking a project 'Beyond Restitution: Exploring the Story of Cultural Objects After Their Repatriation', which will seek to offer a longer-term view on restitution through an analysis of past experiences.

Whilst so far research has focused on the legal framework applicable to de-accessioning museum objects and the processes adopted to address restitution claims, this project will study the impact of restitution once objects have changed hands. Therefore, it will seek to inform the debate through its consideration of the impacts of restitution on the communities and countries of origin and on those institutions or nations from which the objects have been claimed. By expanding the understanding of return processes, the project will seek to bring a nuanced perspective on the question of restitution and the broader issues at stake.  The project began in February 2021 and will run for 28 months.

For more details please contact the project lead Kristin Hausler, Dorset Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for International Law.

The project is funded by The Leverhulme Trust 

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