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On 28 September 2017 legal and cultural experts from the Baltic States, Switzerland and Kosovo met at RGSL to discuss the latest international trends in art law and preservation of cultural heritage.

Cultural heritage and art law is an interdisciplinary field of law. It covers a broad range of legal issues from antiquities through classical art to new technologies. It helps to preserve our identity and operate as a skilled market player. Moreover, art objects’ record-setting prices make it a luxury sphere which never underestimates knowledgeable advice.

The seminar covered four trending topics with world-level practising experts from different environments.
Dr. Jean-Robert Gisler, an archaeologist and former coordinator of the fight against the illicit trafficking in Berne discussed illicit trafficking of cultural property and free-ports.
Ph.D. Alessandro Chechi, a senior researcher at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva explored whether good-faith acquisition can be an obstacle to the recovery of illicitly traded artworks.
Ph.D. Yaniv Benhamou, a practicing Swiss attorney-at-law discussed intellectual property rights and collections in a digital age focusing on issues related to digitalization of separate artworks and whole collections.
LL.M Kate Zilgalve, an expert on cultural heritage protection shared her insights on evolution of art auctions based on her experience at Christie’s auction house in London.

On the participants’ side the seminar attracted a wide range of professionals: sworn advocates/lawyers, patent, trademark and design attorneys, insolvency administrators as well as experts from the Latvian National Museum of Art.

According to the survey of participants, all subjects were highly relevant and applicable for professionals.

This was the second seminar on Art Law organised by RGSL this year.

More pictures from the event are available here.

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