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Legal Issues in Conservation Working Group
Triennial Programme 2017-2020


Working Group Activities and Projects 2017–2020:


Specific themes for investigation/research

  • Loan traffic: insurance, indemnities, problems with differing national regulations for legal loan of cultural heritage objects
  • Local and national legislation for the protection of cultural heritage
  • Ownership and provenance: the legal and ethical responsibilities of the conservator who encounters cultural objects whose possession or title is in dispute, in particular, in cases of repatriation or illegal trafficking
  • Public participation in municipal decisions related to conservation for art in public spaces
  • Professional certification of conservators
  • Rights of living artists or estates concerning the conservation of their works




  • An Interim Meeting is planned in Brazil in 2018 on the experience of South American conservators with objects having suspicious provenance. 
  • Initial discussions have begun on an Interim Meeting in Amsterdam in 2018 on the certification of conservators.Initial discussions have begun on an Interim Meeting in India in 2019.
  • Participation in interim meetings may be considered with other Working Group including Modern Materials and Contemporary Art; Murals, Stone, and Rock Art, and/or Theory and History of Conservation.


  • Issue one newsletter per year
  • Develop LinkedIn and Facebook pages for membership exchange and on-line discussions concerning legal issues with which they are confronted.


  • Increase group membership


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