Unidroit Convention


New UNESCO protocol states attacks on cultural property during wartime will be criminalised

A new protocol allows for prosecution of organisations and individuals, putting pressure on art market professionals

Collection withdrawn from Swiss museums in protest against Unidroit

Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth gets twenty-six works from the blue-chip Staechelin collection on a three-year loan


A discussion of the Unidroit convention from an art-world perspective: “Unidroit is a potential disaster—enough of disinformation and ideology”

Collector George Ortiz speaks up and argues that its ratification will achieve the exact opposite of its declared aims

The arguments for and against Unidroit

Our second Art Law Supplement examines cultural property export regulations; the legal loopholes in their international enforcement and the latest proposed solution: the controversial 1995 Unidroit Convention on Stolen and Illegally Exported Cultural Objects. We also deal with art and artists on the edge of society, in articles on censorship and the creations of the mentally ill

TEFAF Basel proves a strong venue for antiquities dealers

Second fair surpasses first in sales for certain subjects

Unidroit lawyers meet for international agreement on restitution of stolen works of art

Stumbling blocks: attempts to define “national treasure” and abolition of passage of title in “good faith” purchases