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Introduction to binding opinion

Works of art of which the original owner lost possession as a consequence of the Nazi regime may be in the collection of the State of the Netherlands (National Art Collection) but they may also be part of a collection of a provincial/municipal body, an association or a private individual. Claims to works in such collections can be submitted to the Restitutions Committee for investigation and opinion, as an alternative way of settling a dispute.

The Committee employs an open procedure that can be tailored to the specific circumstances of the case. As a rule and particularly where matters arising from a museum investigation are concerned, the procedure will involve an investigation phase, in which the relevant facts are investigated, and an advisory phase, in which the Committee will issue an opinion based on the fact-finding investigation that is binding for the parties. Mediation is also an option. This is described in a set of regulations (date of publication 3 March 2014, PDF file).

On this page you can find more information about the formal requirements for submitting a case for binding opinion to the Restitutions Committee.

Click here for a general outline of the procedure.

If you have any questions, you can contact the Committee’s secretariat.