International Cultural Property Preservation
We serve as U.S. counsel for cultural heritage destinations abroad, helping to create and manage American 501(c)(3) foundations to support the sustainable development of these sites. We can also advise American businesses working abroad on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and interactions with sovereign governments.
We provide guidance on conventions relevant to international cultural heritage, including the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, and 1954 Hague Convention and its First and Second Protocols.
CHP attorneys have represented a broad range of art, antiquity and museum clients, both domestically and internationally:
- Museums and their boards
- Auction houses
- Collectors of art and antiquities
- Victims of Nazi and other looting seeking to reclaim objects
- Owners of objects who receive demands for restitution
- Insurance companies dealing with claims to stolen art
- Clients requiring guidance on the National Stolen Property Act and Foreign Sovereign Immunity
- Indian tribes
- Historic preservation organizations dealing with the National Historic Preservation Act and Section 106 procedures
- Countries appearing before the Cultural Property Advisory Committee