Thursday, February 10, 2011

Art Litigation: Nazi Art Looting and Judicial Amnesia at DePaul Law March 9, 2011

The Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology, the Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law, the Art and Cultural Heritage Legal Society and the Center for Jewish Law & Judaic Studies
present Arts Law Colloquium Series - Jennifer Kreder
Judicial Amnesia and the Historical Record in Nazi-looted art litigation

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
11:45am – 12:45pm
DePaul University
Lewis Center - Room 805
25 E Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60604

This presentation will demonstrate the wave of dismissals of claims to Nazi-looted art on technical grounds such that, with few praiseworthy exceptions, the courts of the United States no longer act as beacons of justice for the Holocaust restitution movement. In fact, they are being used by some museums to circumvent federal executive policy and distort the historical record. Tales of our most respected institutions acquiring what they knew or should have known was trafficked and laundered art likely seem outrageous and counter to common sense to those unaccustomed to hearing about the widespread infection of the market with art that had been stolen or extorted from Jews between 1933 and 1945. The truth, however, is that the modern claims are legally viable when viewed within the true historical context of the Holocaust and U.S. executive policy during the War, through the Cold War period and now.
DePaul University College of Law is an accredited Illinois MCLE provider. This program had been approved for 1 hour of CLE credit.
Please RSVP to Cecelia Story at

Professor Kreder is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. She has published extensively about and given many presentations in many domestic and foreign venues about legal issues affecting the international art market. With Norman Palmer, she is co-authoring the second edition of Museums and the Holocaust published by the Institute of Art and Law.
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