Cultural property law

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Cultural property law is the body of law that protects and regulates the disposition of culturally significant material,[1] including historic real property, ancient and historic artifacts, artwork, and intangible cultural property.[2] Cultural property can be any property, tangible or intangible, having special significance to a defined group of people, whether or not the group is vested with a traditional property interest.[3] Cultural property laws may be international (such as international conventions or bilateral agreements) or domestic (such as federal laws or state laws).

Major issues[edit]

Cultural property during armed conflict[edit]

Two major treaties have dealt with the issue of cultural heritage protection during armed conflict:

Repatriation and looting[edit]

Repatriation issues may also apply domestically, for instance, in the United States, the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)[5]

Real property and built environment[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ann Marie Sullivan, Cultural Heritage & New Media: A Future for the Past, 15 J. MARSHALL REV. INTELL. PROP. L. 604 (2016)
  2. ^ "Cultural Property".
  3. ^ Saunders, Pammela Q., "A Sea Chance Off the Coast of Maine: Common Pool Resources as Cultural Property, vol. 60, Emory L.J. (June 2011),
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1997-05-25. Retrieved 2009-11-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (U.S. National Park Service)".

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