Art and arbitration
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Art and arbitration

Rieu Kim The author is a senior foreign attorney in Barun Law LLC, Seoul, Korea. He advises clients on corporate matters and represents clients in arbitration cases. If I had to recommend a film to lawyers who practice or who are interested in dispute resolution, it would be “Woman in Gold” (2015). It is a film based on the true story of a Jewish refugee residing in the United States (Maria Altmann), who was assisted by a young, passionate lawyer in reclaiming Gustav Klimt’s paintings (including paintings of her aunt) back to her possession. During World War II, Altmann’s family lived in Austria. But the family had to flee to the United States to escape the Nazis. During the escape, the family left the paintings behind and they were kept in a gallery in Austria. How did the Altmann and her lawyer get the paintings back? Altmann and her lawyer first took the route of resolving this matter before the courts of the United States and Austria. However, ultimately, the paintings were repatriated to Altmann when she obtained a favorable arbitration award against the gallery, which was heard and deliberated by a tribunal of three arbitrators. What is the […]

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