By Robertson, Geoffrey, QC
The controversy about the Elgin Marbles continues to rage. This book will be the first to propound a system for the return of cultural property, based on human rights law principles that are being developed by the courts to decide whether artworks, manuscripts and sculptures have... cultural importance and have been acquired in circumstances which morally require their return to enable peoples to enjoy the 'keys to their history' and in some cases to enable the better appreciation of cultural objects that have been important to the understanding of human progress. The book examines how the past can be experienced - by everyone. It will ask what is the difference between an original and a perfect copy, and in what circumstances that difference should require uplifting of the relic and bringing it back home. Geoffrey Robertson has been involved in a number of celebrated cases - he acted with Amal Clooney to provide the Greek Government with legal arguments for reuniting the Parthenon Marbles, and took successful action for Tasmanian Aboriginals to force London's Natural History Museum to return the remains of their ancestors. In this book he will discuss these cases, and will conclude by describing, in non-legal language, a rule that can be applied to decide in particular cases how museums and private collections should distinguish treasures that are not 'theirs'.Read more
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Mr Robertson is a Master of the Middle Temple and visiting professor in Human Rights Law at the New College of Humanities. His books include The Tyrannicide Brief, Mullahs Without Mercy- Human Rights and Nuclear Weapons; The Case of the Pope; his acclaimed first memoir The Justice Game; the influential text Crimes Against Humanity; Dreaming Too Loud and his much-praised autobiography Rather His Own Man. Mr Robertson lives in London. He returns to Australia regularly to visit family and conduct his trademark show Hypothetical.
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