Resolving Restitution Disputes – 27 September 2022

Posted on: July 18, 2022 by

‘Resolving Restitution Disputes: Process, reconciliation and creativity’ is a major seminar covering Holocaust and colonial-era restitution cases. The seminar will focus on the practicalities of reaching outcomes acceptable to the parties involved, whether that involves negotiation or external processes like mediation. The event is being run in partnership with Keystone Law.

The keynote address will be given by Dr Andreas Görgen, Secretary General of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Culture and Media who will discuss the Joint Declaration of 1st July 2022 between Germany and Nigeria on the Benin Bronzes.

In addition, there will be two expert panels. The first will discuss the many ways in which disputes involving art looted during the Holocaust can be resolved in the present day. The panel will consist of:

  • Dr Evelien Campfens (art and cultural heritage law expert, consultant and academic at Leiden University)
  • Anne Webber FRSA (Founder and Co-Chair, Commission for Looted Art in Europe)
  • Sarah Done (Director, Restitution, Christie’s)
  • with Gregor Kleinknecht (Solicitor, Keystone Law) moderating


The second panel will cover cultural property and objects from the colonial-era. It will consist of:

  • Dr Jacques Schuhmacher (Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Provenance and Spoliation Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum)
  • Dr Frezer Haile (Project Associates; Previously Advisor for Public Diplomacy and Political Affairs at Embassy of Ethiopia in London)
  • James Ratcliffe (Mediator, General Counsel and Director of Recoveries, Art Loss Register)
  • with Alexander Herman (Director, Institute of Art and Law) moderating


Date/time: 27 September 2022, 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm, followed by a drinks reception (kindly sponsored by Keystone Law)

Location: The Law Society’s Hall, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL

Price: £144.00, including VAT. 50% discount for IAL/UKRG members


This event will be an in-person live event and will not be recorded or streamed.