Dealing in Tainted Cultural Objects – Guidance on the Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003

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This resource from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) aims to provide some basic guidance on the new offence of dealing in tainted cultural objects introduced by the Act. The new offence is likely to be of concern primarily to collectors, auctioneers and dealers in antiquities and architectural salvage rather than to fine art […]

Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003: Explanatory notes

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This resource from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) provides further guidance to the Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003. The Act refers to the acquisition of cultural property and makes it an offence to acquire, dispose of, import or export ‘tainted’ cultural objects, or agree or arrange to do so; and for connected […]

Practical advice for the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict

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These guidelines from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are intended to support States in the implementation of a system for the protection of cultural property. They address the definition of cultural property, give an overview of the instruments of international humanitarian law which protect cultural property, and expose the protection provided by […]

UNESCO Declaration on the Responsibility of the Present Generations Towards Future Generations

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The UNESCO Declaration on the Responsibility of the Present Generations Towards Future Generations, adopted 12 November 1997, requires that present generations should preserve the cultural diversity of humankind, and have the responsibility to identify, protect and safeguard the tangible and intangible cultural heritage and to transmit this common heritage to future generations. Clicking the link […]

UNESCO Declaration concerning the Intentional Destruction of Cultural Heritage

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The UNESCO Declaration concerning the Intentional Destruction of Cultural Heritage, adopted 17 October 2003, addresses intentional destruction of cultural heritage, including cultural heritage linked to a natural site, and requires that member states should take all appropriate measures to prevent, avoid, stop and suppress acts of intentional destruction of cultural heritage. Clicking the link on […]

European Cultural Convention

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The European Cultural Convention is an international treaty opened for signature by the Council of Europe in Paris on 19 December 1954.The treaty aims to develop mutual understanding among the peoples of Europe and reciprocal appreciation of cultural diversity, to safeguard European culture, and to promote national contributions to Europe’s common cultural heritage respecting the […]

UNESCO Database of National Cultural Heritage Laws

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) operates a Database of National Cultural Heritage Laws. The Database was devised by UNESCO in 2003 as an international solution to combat the illicit traffic of cultural property. By compiling on the Internet the national laws of its Member States, UNESCO offers all stakeholders involved (Governments, […]

International Foundation for Art Research: international cultural property laws

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The International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR) maintains information about international cultural property laws. These resources aim to help users navigate the increasingly complex and abundant body of legislation and case law regarding the acquisition and ownership of artworks. Consulting this information is one step in a due diligence process in acquiring a work of art. […]

Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003

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This legislation refers to the acquisition of cultural property and makes it an offence to acquire, dispose of, import or export ‘tainted’ cultural objects, or agree or arrange to do so; and for connected purposes. The Act defines ‘tainted’ here – broadly it refers to dishonest removal, excavation or dealing in of any cultural or […]

UNESCO 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property

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This legislation from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a multilateral international agreement dedicated to fighting the illicit trafficking of cultural property. It refers to the acquisition of cultural property and requires that new acquisitions will have been and are acquired honestly, that museums will not trade in illicitly acquired objects, and that […]