UNESCO Database of National Cultural Heritage Laws

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, customs officials, art dealers, organizations, lawyers, buyers) a complete and easily accessible source of information. In the event of a legal question about the origin of an object (which may have been stolen, pillaged, or illegally exported, imported or acquired), it is useful to have rapid access to the relevant national laws.

Click the link on the right-hand side to open this resource to view on the UNESCO website.


Date created: 2005

Author: UNESCO

Publisher: UNESCO