Art & Law 2017

It has become a nice tradition that on Friday of the Art Basel-week the conference “Art & Law” opens its doors. This year the eighth conference takes place on June 16, and already for the fourth time the seminar is open to the public in the close proximity of the fair ground, in the Congress Center Basel. Thanks to the friendly support of Art Basel, this year all participants will receive a one-day ticket for this glamorous art fair again.

The lectures and discussions of the morning session will be devoted to the topics of preservation of cultural heritage and cultural exchange. Thomas Dreier gives a talk on museums in the digital age. Kerstin Odendahl shows how the destruction of cultural property – especially by IS – can be prosecuted as a war crime. Robert K. Paterson will then present the legal history of the Maori Preserved Heads.

The afternoon session will be dedicated to issues of collecting and art trade. Olivier Mosimann shows to which extent restrictions on art trade by third countries must be applied by state courts and in arbitration. Then Anne Laure Bandle introduces the problem of authenticity of abandoned works of art. Joëlle Becker is concerned with the issue of how auction houses deal with conflicts of interest between consignors and buyers. The talk by Yaniv Benhamou concerning the posthumous reproduction of art works closes this year’s meeting.

The presentations by Paterson, Becker and Benhamou will be held in English, all other presentations in German.

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