Symposium on International Collaboration on Claims for Nazi-Looted Art

On Tuesday 27 November, to mark its tenth anniversary, the Dutch Restitutions Committee staged an international symposium on claims for Nazi-looted art in the Peace Palace in The Hague. The symposium was opened by the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Jet Bussemaker, and experts from all over the world focused attention on the question of how to arrive at fair and just solutions in claims to Nazi-looted art.

During the symposium Willibrord Davids, chairman of  the Dutch Restitutions Committee, welcomed the delegations from four other European looted-art committees and the Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues from the United States. Prominent academics, lawyers, (art) history experts, art dealers and representatives of museums, auction houses and interest groups explored the question as to what a fair solution is in cases of disputes about Nazi-looted art, and which form of dispute resolution is best – regular courts or an alternative form. Future developments, including a possible period of limitation, the place of Nazi-looted art in the issue of restitution in general and the question as to whether there is a need for greater international collaboration were important discussion points.

More information on the conference proceedings will be added to this site soon.

For an impression of the day, please click here.