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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Orenstein on Cultural Property Transactions

Karin Orenstein has posted Risking Criminal Liability in Cultural Property Transactions (North Carolina Journal of International Law, Vol. 45, 527, 2020) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

This Comment explores when buyers of cultural property cross the line from taking business risks to engaging in criminal conduct. The Comment applies the National Stolen Property Act (NSPA) and the conscious avoidance doctrine to potential red flags in hypothetical cultural property transactions. When buyers are presented with red flags about a piece’s provenance and choose not to investigate, they cannot rely on deliberate ignorance as a defense to a charge that they knowingly transacted in or possessed stolen cultural property.

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