'That Belongs in a Museum!' Rubin v. Iran: Implications for the Persian Collection of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

33 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2010  

Claire R, Thomas

New York Law School

Date Written: May 1, 2008

Abstract

The purpose of this note is to argue that cultural property should be immune from plaintiffs’ rights to recovery and that it is legally and morally unjust for such property to be used to satisfy a legal judgment against a sovereign. In order to support this argument, this note will examine U.S. federal legislation, including the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), as well as international conventions of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which specifically call for international cooperation to protect cultural property. In addition, this note will demonstrate that since bills have been introduced in the U.S. Congress as alternatives to lawsuits under the terrorist state exception of the FSIA, a blanket immunity of cultural property does not leave plaintiffs without remedy. Finally, this note will argue that changes in U.S. legislation are necessary in order to prevent future lawsuits calling for cultural property to satisfy legal judgments.

Suggested Citation

Thomas, Claire R,, 'That Belongs in a Museum!' Rubin v. Iran: Implications for the Persian Collection of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (May 1, 2008). Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review, Vol. 31, No. 2, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1592743

Claire R. Thomas (Contact Author)

New York Law School ( email )

185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
United States

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