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Germany Will Replace Advisory Panel on Nazi-Looted Art with Binding Arbitration

Germany Will Replace Advisory Panel on Nazi-Looted Art with Binding Arbitration

[ad_1] Heirs of Jewish collectors trying to recover Nazi-looted art will soon get unilateral access to binding arbitration as part of reforms recently approved by the German government and its 16 states. The binding arbitration would replace the current national advisory commission, which requires disputes over contested works to be submitted by both sides and has no legal avenues to enforce the panel’s recommendations. According to the Art Newspaper, which first reported the news, this change is a long-standing demand of the German government and the commission but faced resistance from states, especially Bavaria. Related Articles The newly approved reforms do not require parliamentary approval. A press statement about the meeting of government and state culture officials released on March 13 includes a comment from German culture minister Claudia Roth about how the joint decision will strengthen provenance research, more effectively achieve the goals of the Washington Principles, as well as an expectation the reforms will go into effect by the end of the year. “The joint decision today is a big and important step …