Since the end of the Second World War, international organizations have introduced several conventions to combat the illicit trafficking of cultural property and facilitate its restitution. These conventions have gradually increased awareness within the international community and helped to moralize the art market. They have also enabled peaceful settlements related to the restitution of stolen or illegally exported cultural properties.


This talk introduces key ideas of those international conventions for the restitution of cultural property. In particular, the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property adopted in 1970, and the UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects adopted in 1995 will be the main focus. Additionally, several cases from the US and Korea will be analyzed to demonstrate both the achievements and challenges faced by the international community.


This talk also aims to help students understand the work of international organizations in the

field of art and culture.


SPEAKER Jihon Kim (PhD), Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Harvard Asia Center (2023-2024); Chief of International Cooperation, Korean National Commission for UNESCO; Research Fellow, Institute of International Studies, Seoul National University


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