UNESCO has launched a new online database of cultural heritage laws around the world. Legislation is available for consultation in its original language and official English translations. To date, 757 pieces of legislation from 113 UNESCO Member States have been published on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Laws Database website.
UNESCO explains that the Cultural Heritage Laws Database “provides a valuable tool for the fight against looting, theft, illegal export and import, as well as illicit trafficking of cultural property,” adding that by compiling the national laws of its Member States, UNESCO is offering all stakeholders (governments, customs officials, art dealers, organizations, lawyers, buyers) a complete and easily accessible information source. “In the event of a legal question about the origin of an object, the database offers rapid access to the relevant national laws,” concludes UNESCO. We invite our readers to consult this new database.