Commentary

116.3 Ethical obligations outside law

BAILMENT vol 3(1)
BAILMENT vol 3(1) | Commentary

116.3 Ethical obligations outside law

BAILMENT vol 3(1) | Commentary

116.3 Ethical obligations outside law

Certain claims by the dispossessed owners of cultural objects may be defunct through expiry of the limitation period or other factors1. In a modern global context, the events of 1933–1945 probably afford the main source of such claims2. While some claims from that era are for the return of objects against museums that have purported to acquire by purchase or gift (and thereby purport to have ownership) others are against museums which are mere borrowers (and so purport to have only a right to possess)3. While some claims are resolved by claims advisory panels, private

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