Art Law: A Procedural Proposal for the Gurlitt Art Find

Lorenz Kähler this week in Legal Tribune Online published a  proposal on how to overcome the procedural stalemate around the Gurlitt art find: On behalf of the potential owners of the art works found with Gurlitt, the Augsburg court should appoint a curator (Pfleger) on the basis of Sec. 1913 German Civil Code (BGB). Continue reading

Art Law: Contact Details of the Gurlitt Art Find Task Force

As previoulsy reported, a task force was established to assist the Augsburg public prosecutor’s office (Staatsanwaltschaft) to research the provenance of the Gurlitt collection. Its contact details, however, are not that prominently advertised – at least I could only find them in a German language press release on Here they are: Continue reading

Art Law: Does Gurlitt Case Trigger Reform of Limitation Rules?

In an interview in Friday’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Winfried Bausback, the Bavarian Minster for Justice set out his plans to amend the limitation rules in such a way that the heirs of owners of looted art could reclaim their property from Gurlitt (Kein Vertrauensschutz für bösgläubige Besitzer). Bausback, a professor of public law by trade and, as it happens, the member of the Bavarian Landtag for my home town Aschaffenburg, was appointed to the office in October 2013, just before the Gurlitt case was to become public and found himself thrown into the limelight immediately. Here is how he proposes to address the limitation issue: Continue reading