1983 Meeting of Commonwealth Law Ministers

Colombo, Sri Lanka, 14–18 February 1983: Memoranda

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Protection of Cultural Property

In recent years the concern of governments to protect their national heritage has produced legislation designed to restrict or forbid the export of objects of national cultural significance. A 1980 survey by Lyndel V. Prott and Patrick J. O'Keefe of 124 jurisdictions showed that 106 had some legislative control over export. The penalties for illegal export, they found, ranged from fines to forfeiture of the objects concerned.


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