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Virtual | Professional Empowerment: Repatriation of Cultural Heritage w/ Leila Amineddoleh

June 16, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

A portion of the Elgin Marbles
12pm ET | 11am CT | 9am PT

Please join us for a discussion with Leila Amineddoleh, internationally recognized expert on art and cultural heritage crime and law and Founder of Amineddoleh & Associates, LLC on the topic of repatriation of cultural heritage.

For centuries, sought-after art objects and antiquities have been subject to high-profile ownership disputes. From the smuggling of religious artifacts out of the Holy Land to Hitler’s extensive looting of artistic property, cultural objects have been targeted by rapacious collectors and leaders. The British Museum’s ownership of the Parthenon Marbles is perhaps the best-known cultural heritage debate, yet legal battles are often not the focus of such intense public scrutiny. The presentation will examine antiquities disputes, including a discussion of the laws that regulate ownership of cultural heritage and the evolution of the art market.

ArtTable’s Professional Empowerment program series invites experts to share their professional experiences, knowledge and skills. Each session presents an opportunity to engage with and learn more about a topic, issue or skill that directly impacts the professional lives of our members. If you have a topic or idea for a Professional Empowerment program, email us at!


  • Non-Members – $15
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About Leila Amineddoleh

Leila Amineddoleh in front of a Roman ruinLeila A. Amineddoleh represents art collectors, museums, galleries, dealers, non-profit organizations, artists, estates, foundations and foreign governments. She has been involved in matters related to multi-million dollar contractual disputes, international cultural heritage law violations, the recovery of stolen art and antiquities, authentication disputes, art-backed loans, and the purchase and sale of hundreds of millions of dollars of art and collectibles. As a specialist in art authentication and title disputes, Leila advises clients on the acquisition and sale of fine art and cultural heritage.

Leila began her career as an intellectual property law litigator. She continues to work with artists and entrepreneurs to develop their intellectual property portfolios and protect their works and artistic rights.

Leila has lectured at esteemed institutions, including the Frick Collection, Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She has appeared in major news outlets, including the NY Times, ABC News, LA Times, Forbes, The Guardian, TIME Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. She has been published in legal journals and has had scholarly contributions published in books, including Nazi Law: From Nuremberg to Nuremberg and The Provenance Research Handbook.

Leila teaches International Art & Cultural Heritage Law at Fordham University School of Law, in addition to Art Crime and the Law at New York University.


  1. Part of the Elgin Marbles, were originally part of the Parthenon in Athens. Photo: by VCG Wilson/Corbis via Getty Images. via artnet news.
  2. Leila Amineddoleh, courtesy of the speaker


June 16, 2021
12:00 pm
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