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New Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property has been opened for signature from 19th May 2017. The Council's of Europe initiative is strongly supported by world-wide community and fills the gap in international law, since neither of the existing conventions deal with criminal law issues. More

Yesterday, 18th March 2017, Saeima (Latvian legislator) approved in the last reading the new Copyright Collective Management Law (Autortiesību kolektīvā pārvaldījuma likums) and respective amendments the existing Copyright Law. More

International research seminar, scheduled for 8th September 2017, is intended primarily as a discussion on legal aspects of various links between intangible cultural heritage safeguarding and environmental protection and management of natural resources. More

Riga Graduate School of Law is organizing the second training course “Cultural heritage and art law: seminar no.2 for practitioners” on 28th September 2017. The course is to be 8 academic hours long. More

In mid 00-th, famous case of Maria Altmann and the return of five Klimt' s paintings, including Golden Adele, hit the headlines. The legally most interesting detail in this case was that Maria Altmann was authorized to proceed with a civil action against Austria in a U.S. federal district court. This April another US court found its jurisdiction in the claim against the other country. More

It is not unusual when cultural objects are made subject to political interests. It sounds strange though when political rivalry is put as an argument in an art forgery case. More

The end of March 2017 was marked with two noteworthy events: adoption by the UN Security Council the first ever resolution focusing on protection of cultural heritage in the conflict zones and formation of the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH), coordinated by UNESCO. More

For the first time Riga Graduate School of Law Bachelor students have a chance to take a class in “Art Law.” The goal of the course is to introduce students to the history of art law and to identify legal risks and problems in the field of art. The course is being held by lawyers from “BDO Law” Roland Zigurs and Kristiana Viluma. More

Latvian National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) highly appreciated the very initiative and running activities of artlaw.online and provides continuous informational support to the platform! More

In 2016 Latvia announced its desire to ratify and implement two most substantial international conventions dealing with illicit transfer of cultural objects: UNESCO 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property and UNIDROIT 1995 Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects More

On 26th January 2017 Riga Graduate School of Law was organizing "Cultural Heritage and Art Law: 1st seminar for practitioners". This was the first educational event in the region targeted at practising specialists in the field. More

They write about us!  The leading legal journal of Latvia "Jurista Vārds" ("The Word of a Lawyer") introduces artlaw.online as the first informational and educational resource of the Baltic and Scandinavian region dedicated fully to art and cultural heritage law: http://www.juristavards.lv/zinas/269954-makslas-tiesibu-jomai-izveidota-pirma-majaslapa-latvija/ More

The European Commission seeks the views of all interested parties on the adoption of customs rules governing the import of cultural goods in the territory of the EU. This includes contributions from citizens, companies, NGOs, academics, public authorities, international organisations, etc. You may be the one to help it out! More

We are happy to announce that the initiative of Riga Graduate School of Law (Latvia), supported by 7 Universities of Nordic and Baltic States and other professional side contributors, has led to the launching of this online platform, dedicated to the most topical and challenging issues of art and cultural heritage law! More

One day training course “Cultural heritage and art law: seminar no.1 for practitioners” is to be held on 26th Junuary 2017 More

One-week intensive course "Introduction to Art Law in the Baltic-Nordic countries" took place at Riga Graduate School of Law in summer 2016. More

The Catalogue of Endangered Latvian Archaeological Artefacts was published in summer 2016 to help the market participants and those concerned with protection of Latvian archaeological artefacts with identification thereof. More

Committee on the Illicit Trade in Cultural Material launched the blog on archaeological and related materials this autumn. More

The Information Centre of the Ministry of Home Affairs has prepared statistics on the lost cultural objects in Latvia More