No Immunity for Stolen Art: Info Call on Bill S.3155
JOIN US FOR A DISCUSSION OF BILL S.3155
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 AT 3:30PM EST
CONFERENCE PIN: 881-121-039
S.3155, also known as the “Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act,” is in the midst of being reviewed by the Senate. If passed, this bill would grant authoritarian regimes around the world the right to keep stolen art. Even the exception within the law for art stolen by the Nazis, is extremely narrow, granting many of these stolen pieces immunity. The bill is, of course, right to condemn the Nazi regime, but why do other tyrannical regimes get a free pass?
Join us for a teleforum event with experts on the issue of stolen art. In addition to representatives from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, Pierre Ciric of The Ciric Law Firm, Eric Sundby of the Holocaust Foundation, and Marc Masurovsky of the Holocaust Art Restitution Project, will be on the call to discuss the implications of this critical bill.
Mr. Ciric is an attorney and founder of the Ciric Law Firm, PLLC, a firm specializing in art law and cultural property advice. A veteran global financial executive with deep experience in financial control and procurement of major service areas, Pierre has a uniquely international purview, with well-honed business skills in all relevant litigation practice areas.
Mr. Masurovsky co-founded the Holocaust Art Restitution Project (HARP) in 1997 and has served as its Director of Research. He has researched the question of assets looted during the Holocaust and World War II since 1980 and has worked as an expert historian on a class-action lawsuit for Jewish claimants seeking restitution of lost accounts and other liquid assets from Swiss banks.
Mr. Sundby is the President of the Holocaust Remembrance and Restitution Foundation, Inc. The Foundation fights to return stolen antiquities while also working to combat trade in illegal antiquities, advocate for and provide education on the crimes of Nazi and Communist regimes, and end anti-Semitism and prejudice around the world.
Moderator: Marion Smith
Mr. Smith is a civil-society leader, expert in international affairs, and has been Executive Director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation since March 2014. As Executive Director, he provides strategic leadership for VOC and spearheads its educational initiatives.