Zum Geburtstag Viel Glück? The Washington Principles Turn 20 Blog Art Law Report
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Zum Geburtstag Viel Glück? The Washington Principles Turn 20 Blog Art Law Report

This fall marks the 20th anniversary of the Washington Conference on Nazi-Era Assets and the corollary Washington Principles on Nazi-confiscated Art that have driven much of the conversation since then. Apollo magazine published my thoughts on the impact of the Washington Principles, which I reproduce below (British spelling, thank you), as well as a thoughtful piece by Martin P. Levy (a member of the UK Spoliation Advisory Panel, one of the commissions created in response to the Washington Principles). Last year’s conference at the National Gallery in London (organized by the Commission for Looted Art in Europe and the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) was a great success, I thought, reflecting on the questions raised by the Washington Principles. Next month’s conference in Berlin is harder to predict. Our view on the German government’s penchant for self-congratulation in lieu of actual progress is a recurring issue. If the conference turns into that—and there is every reason to be concerned that it will, as Germany and the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (SPK) argue in U.S. court that forced sales by Jews in the 1930s are not a violation of international law —then it is worse than a waste […]

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