The 3rd All Art and Cultural Heritage Law Conference on “National Treasures: Limits to Private Property and Cross-Border Movements” will be held at the University of Geneva on Saturday, November 10, 2018 and will look at the concept of “national treasures” and to critically explore its meaning and impact on the regulation of the cross-border trade in cultural objects.
Participation is free but attendees are asked to register by 30 October 2018 at
Details presented by the organizers are as follows:
10:00 Registration
10:30 Welcome words
Benedict Foëx, Dean of the Law Faculty, University of Geneva
Foreword / Introduction
Stephen Urice, Professor, School of Law, University of Miami
Marc-André Renold, Director of the Art-Law Centre, UNESCO Chair, University of Geneva
Chair: Alessandro Chechi, University of Geneva
10:50 Gagliani Gabriele, Bocconi University
Article XX(f) of the GATT 1994 and Rules on Treaty Interpretation: Defining ‘National Treasures’ in International Trade Law
11:10 Anna Frankiewicz-Boydynek and Piotor Stec, Opole University
Defining ‘National Treasures’ under the EU Directive on Return of Cultural Goods. Is Sky Really the Limit?
Discussion and coffee break
11:50 Ferrazzi Sabrina, University of Verona
EU National Treasures, Politics and the Role of the ECJ
12:10 Evelien Campfens, University of Leiden
Whose Treasures? Limits to the Notion of ‘National Treasures’ and New Prospects
12:30 Edith Wagner, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg
Regulation through Litigation. The Procedural Protection of National Treasures and the Potential of EU Civil Procedure to Regulate the Cross-Border Trade in Cultural Property
Discussion and lunch break
Chair: Marc-André Renold, Director of the Art-Law Centre,
University of Geneva
14:00 Gillman Derek, Drexel University
The Old Summer Palace and the Making of National Treasures
14:20 Teodora Konach and Michaela Löff, University of Vienna
How ‘National’ Are ‘National Treasures’? Comparative Analysis of Austrian, Czech and Polish Legislation
14:40 Arianna Visconti and Eliana Romanelli, Catholic University of Milan
The Definition and Identification of Cultural Property under the Italian Code of Cultural Heritage in light of the Recent Reform on the Export of Cultural Goods: Closing the Gap with the EU Approach, or Cosmetics?
Discussion and coffee break
15:40 Charlotte Woodhead, University of Warwick
Tarnished Treasures: Provenance and the UK’s Waverly Criteria
16:00 Musa Ramatu, University of Basel
The Sapi-Portuguese Ivories as ‘National Treasures’ of the Republic of Sierra Leone: A Moral Case for Repatriation
16:20 Riccardo Vecellio Segate, Utrecht University
Treasures and Heritage under the TFEU: The Case of Music Legacy
16:40 Marc-André Renold, Alessandro Chechi and Stephen Urice