Legal Considerations for Art Recovery in a Global Market


Attendees will learn about the current art law landscape, art investigation and restitution, and art crimes.

One of the most complex and controversial issues in art law is art recovery, which is the process of locating and returning works that have been unlawfully removed from their rightful owner. The process often involves overcoming evidentiary problems, such as proving ownership and determining the value of the work. It can be a difficult and time-consuming process. However, it is often worth the effort for both the owner and the art community as a whole.

The art world has seen an increase in art recovery cases in recent years. This has led to a number of evidentiary problems, as many artworks are centuries old and therefore lack clear title histories. In addition, the Statutes of Limitation can make it difficult to prove ownership of an artwork, even if it is registered with a government or NGO. As a result, cases often rely heavily on circumstantial evidence. This can include records of past ownership, eyewitness testimony, and expert opinion. However, even with strong evidence, art recovery can be a complex and time-consuming process.

Nancy Parke-Taylor Shares Her Art Law Expertise

In this talk, Nancy Parke-Taylor former Legal Counsel at Mondex Corporation, offers a contextual overview of World War II despoliation and discusses how art recovery operates on an international scale. She covers legal matters such as:

  • Evidentiary Problems in Art Recovery
  • Special Tribunal and Art Law
  • Statutes of Limitation

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Nancy Parke-Taylor

Nancy Parke-Taylor is an art historian and lawyer who has advised and represented individual collectors, academics, heirs of despoiled owners, corporations, museums and art galleries, insurance companies and police forces, regarding a variety of issues pertaining to art...

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