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The Ethical Trade in Cultural Property: Ethics and Law in the Antiquity Auction Industry


Kimberly Alderman


The Alderman Law Firm

September 1, 2007

ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law, Vol. 14, No. 3, 2008

Abstract:     
This article considers from an ethical perspective the role that auction houses play as facilitators of the illicit antiquity trade. It reviews the laws that regulate the antiquity auction industry and explains why they fail to prevent the trade in illegally excavated and exported cultural property. The article argues that auction houses should develop policies focused on ethics instead of regulatory compliance, explains why this would better further cultural preservation interests and protect creator cultures, and looks at potential business benefits of an ethical model.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 24

Keywords: cultural property law, archaeology law, auction houses

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Date posted: February 26, 2009 ; Last revised: February 19, 2010

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Alderman, Kimberly, The Ethical Trade in Cultural Property: Ethics and Law in the Antiquity Auction Industry (September 1, 2007). ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law, Vol. 14, No. 3, 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1349179

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Madison, WI 53701
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