This Comment argues that prior international treaties protecting cultural property should be used as a guide to settle the dispute between Russia and Germany as to which is the rightful owner of cultural property looted during World War II. Part I of this Comment examines the more recent developments in the international protection of cultural property up to the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law's Final Act of the Diplomatic Convention on the International Return of Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects of 1995 ("UNIDROIT Convention"). Part II discusses the evolution of the present conflict between the Russian and German Governments regarding ownership of cultural property taken during World War II. Part III of this Comment argues that the UNIDROIT Convention should be applied to the cultural property stolen during WWII and used as a guide to arriving at an equitable solution. This Comment concludes that the cultural property originally stolen by the Nazis during World War II that is presently in Russian museums should be returned to the German Government or its other original owners.
Elissa S. Myerowitz,
Protecting Cultural Property During a Time of War: Why Russia Should Return Nazi-Looted Art,
20 Fordham Int'l L.J. 1961
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