Commentary

110 Unsafe legal environment

BAILMENT vol 3(1)
| Commentary

110 Unsafe legal environment

| Commentary

110 Unsafe legal environment

Cultural objects that are bailed to museums in overseas countries may become entangled in legal proceedings other than those that are brought to vindicate title claims. For example, the legal system into which an archaeological object is loaned may have import laws1, or laws protecting the rights of indigenous peoples2, that render unlawful, or otherwise expose to judicial scrutiny, the particular acts that constitute the loan. Modern art works may similarly be vulnerable to local obscenity laws or health and safety regulations. In such an event the object might be arrested and confiscated, to the loss

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