Date of Award
MA Museum Professions
Communication and the Arts
Petra ten-Doesschate Chu, Ph.D.
Museums, Ethics, Law, Artworks, Restitution, Holocaust
Museums and sovereign states often face a dilemma when confronted with a claim seeking restitution of Nazi-looted artwork. The assertion of legal technicalities may allow an institution to maintain possession of its artwork whereas ethics would dictate its return. This paper discusses three cases where legal technicalities take precedence over ethics. This conflict demonstrates the need to have such disputes addressed in a forum other than a court system.
Caruso, Anthony, "Ethics or Law: Which should Prevail in Conflicts Regarding the Restitution of Nazi-Looted Art?" (2019). Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs). 2691.