Settling Art Disputes by Alternative Dispute Resolution: Future and Challenges in Germany and Worldwide, 22 September 2021

The University of Bonn, via its “Forschungsstelle Kunst- und Kulturgutschutzrecht” and the Court of Arbitration for Art are organizing a webinar on alternative dispute resoution in the art world:

“The administration of justice in art-related disputes can be challenging in our times: the art market is opaque; the transactions are complex; field expertise is required, in particular when it comes to disputes involving Nazi-looted art.

In this roundtable, we will address these issues and discuss the difficulties of litigating art disputes in national courts or pursuing claims of Nazi-looted art before national Restitution Committees such as the German “Beratende Kommission”, the expertise required to determine the authenticity of an artwork, and how to increase the market acceptability of the outcome of art disputes.

Our highly distinguished panelists will give colorful examples from their practices for, inter alia, art market actors, private collectors, claimants of Nazi-looted art. They will share their insights and expectations with us and will discuss future prospects and challenges of settling art disputes via Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Germany and worldwide. In this context, we will speak about the offer the CAfA as a specialized institution for art dispute resolution can make.

Join us to meet the leading alternative dispute resolution and art law experts from around the world for an interactive discussion on dispute resolution in the art world.”


Dr Christina Berking, MA Art Hist (OU), Partner at Buse, Counsel for the “Interessengemeinschaft Deutscher Kunsthandel” (Interest Group German Art Trade).

William Charron, Pryor Cashman LLP – Art Law Practice Co-Chair; University of Virginia School of Law – Adjunct Professor of Art Law.

Dr Katharina Garbers-von Boehm, Partner at Büsing Müffelmann & Theye, Berlin.

Zacharias Mawick, Justiziar / Legal Adviser for Lempertz, Cologne, a leading German auction house.

Dr Mara Wantuch-Thole, Partner at Wantuch Thole Volhard Rechtsanwälte, Berlin.


Professor Dr Bert Demarsin, Professor of cultural heritage law at KU Leuven and President of the CAfA.

Professor Dr Matthias Weller, Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Professer for Civil Law, Art and Cultural Property Law, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn.


Please register for this free event via Meeting-ID: 934 2580 3483 Code: 511999

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