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Art Law: Theft and Looting

Theft and Looting

In addition to the resources on the Home page of this guide, you may find the following secondary sources helpful in questions regarding theft, looting, and other criminal actions. This list is not exhaustive; the Law Library has a number of other resources available to you for further research.

International Treaties

Laws and regulations concerning theft and looting vary widely among countries. Given the widescale looting during and after World War II, international treaties have been put into effect to assist in clarifying overarching principles regarding the protection of cultural property. Generally regarded as the most important are the 1954 Hague Convention (and its subsequent protocols) and the 1970 UNESCO Convention:

Secondary Sources