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Art Law Research Guide

This guide provides an introduction to notable resources for conducting art law research available at Georgetown University and online.

Introduction

This page provides information about a few select sources for researching foreign and international art law.

Georgetown students, faculty, and alumni should contact one of our International Librarians  (lawintlref@georgetown.edu; 202-662-4195)  for further guidance.

Foreign Laws

Sources of Art and Cultural Property Law Treaties and Agreements

In addition to the general resources for locating treaties and agreements, the following sources are useful for obtaining the text of treaties and agreements in related to art and cultural property.

  • UNESCO Legal Instruments (Culture)
    Text of UNESCO conventions, recommendations, and declarations regarding cultural property.
     
  • U.S. Department of State, Cultural Heritage Center (International Cultural Property Protection)
    The Cultural Heritage Center administers the responsibilities of the United States under the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. This site contains bilateral agreements between the United States and other countries establishing import restrictions.
     
  • International Foundation for Art Research
    This site contains laws on export and ownership of cultural property from many countries (in original language and translated). For each country, it also includes links to some bilateral agreements and certain international conventions and states whether the country is a party to the convention and when the convention entered into force in that country. Georgetown Law currently does not have a subscription to this resource.

Multilateral Treaties

The following is a select list of multilateral treaties related to art and cultural property.  Additional treaties and agreements are listed in Cultural Property: A Legal Research Guide (2012).