Stolen Art


Course Code:
LAW 728
Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail


Public fascination with stolen art is evident from its almost daily coverage in the media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Art Newspaper, the Art Crime Journal, and numerous online sources. What is less evident is the extent to which apparently disparate art, cultural heritage and law topics share a significant stolen art interest. The course will deal with five currently lively stolen art topics: Imperialism; the Holocaust; Indigenous Art; Collectors and Museums; and the Illicit Trade in Antiquities. Law students and graduate students in other fields at Stanford (Art History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, and others) will be eligible to take the course. Grades will be based on research papers (up to five students may write research papers) or final examinations. Special Instructions: Students have the option to write a research paper in lieu of the final exam with consent of instructor. After the term begins, students accepted into the course can transfer from section (01) into section (02), which meets the R requirement, with consent of the instructor. Elements used in grading: Final Exam or Final Research Paper.

Past Offerings

2014-2015 Spring

Stolen Art LAW 728 Section 01 Class #30215

  • 2 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: 44

Notes: One-Day Take-Home Exam.

Stolen Art LAW 728 Section 02 Class #30216

  • 2 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent

Notes: Research Requirement for Law Degree.

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