Introducing the Global Art and Heritage Law Project

June 2020

The Committee for Cultural Policy announces publication of nine volumes in a new Global Art and Heritage Law Series, providing locally sourced data and information on law and cultural heritage free to a global audience. The initial nine-volume publication was created in collaboration with TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global, pro bono legal programme.

The Committee for Cultural Policy is a U.S. non-profit organization established to strengthen the global dialogue on arts policy. The Thomson Reuters Foundation’s TrustLaw connects volunteer law firms and legal teams to non-governmental organizations and social enterprises effecting social and environmental change. Together, our goal was to create independent, professionally produced research papers on art and heritage law from a range of countries and cultural perspectives.

The entire Global Art and Heritage Law Series is accessible for free to the public. Click on any report to read or download a copy in .pdf format.

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Each report in the series was authored by volunteer attorneys who offered their time and knowledge to advance the project. The Thomson Reuters Foundation and TrustLaw provided coordination between the legal teams; Kate Fitz Gibbon was series editor.

We would like to thank our many individual contributors and partner law firms:

Bulgaria: Christian Stefanov and Katya Hartl

China: Yuanyou Yang

England and Wales: Olivia Franklin, Brett Masters, Alina Sartogo, and Rebecca Shorter

India: Anonymous contributors and Kate Fitz Gibbon

Italy and the EU: Cecilia Carrara, Marialuisa Garavelli, and Sara Colombera

Nigeria: Omolola Coker; Adeleke Alao, Ibiwunmi Adeyeri, Oluwakemi Agbaje, and Olayemi Lawal

Peru: Federico de Cárdenas Romero, Christian Wong Vargas, Danna Hamideh Elhatel, Fabiana Alvarado Silva, Juan Diego Carrillo, and Samantha Cusicanqui Guille

Turkey: Hazel Levent, Ece Akıncıbay, Ayris Açıkalın, and Zeynep Ülkü Kahveci

United States: Kate Fitz Gibbon and Katherine Brennan

Contributing Law Firms

Adepetun Caxton-Martins Agbor & Segun (Barristers + Solicitors), Nigeria

Estudio Echecopar, a Member Firm of Baker & McKenzie International, Peru

Fitz Gibbon Law LLC, USA

Legance Avvocati Associati, Italy

White & Case LLP, an international law firm

Additional thanks to an anonymous New Delhi, India firm.

Special thanks to Hazel Levent and Olivia Franklin of White & Case LLP, whose tireless commitment and organizational skills made the project possible and to our dedicated colleagues at Thomson Reuters Foundation Trust Law.

In addition to the Global Art and Heritage Law Series, the Committee for Cultural Policy publishes the online journal, Cultural Property News.

Cultural Property News brings current news, interviews and in-depth analysis on art and cultural heritage issues free to the public. Our readers include thousands of museum and arts professionals, teachers and students, gallerists and art collectors, legal practitioners, legislators and the media.

The Committee for Cultural Policy, Inc. a U.S. 510(c)(3) organization, gratefully accepts donations from the public and grantmaking organizations. Your contribution will support the publication of additional volumes now in the works and help Cultural Policy News to cover public policy, museums, archaeology and the circulation of art. Please contact us at!

The Global Art and Heritage Law Series is provided for general information purposes only. It has been prepared as a work of legal research only and does not represent legal advice in respect of the laws of the relevant countries described herein. It does not purport to be complete or to apply to any particular factual or legal circumstances. It does not constitute and must not be relied or acted upon as legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship with any person or entity. Legal advice should be obtained from legal counsel qualified in the relevant jurisdiction(s) when dealing with specific circumstances. Neither the Thomson Reuters Foundation, TrustLaw, the Committee for Cultural Policy nor any contributor to this Report is holding itself, himself or herself out as being qualified to provide legal advice in respect of any jurisdiction as a result of participation in or contribution to the Global Art and Heritage Law Series.

Legal and Licensing Information

The Global Art and Heritage Law Series is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License. You may download, copy, and share the individual publications in the series, but neither modification nor commercial uses are allowed. Copyrighted materials including illustrations within the publications are subject to other licensing requirements. Questions should be directed to


Top of page photo: Panorama of Acropolis, Bergama (Pergamon), Turkey, photo by Adam Jones from Kelowna, BC, Canada, 22 May 2011, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. Image has been cropped.