Golden Beauty: The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) & The Gilded Battle for Adele Bloch-Bauer


Golden Beauty: The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) & The Gilded Battle for Adele Bloch-Bauer I, Griffins-View on International & Comparative Law, volume 8, number 1, VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands) January 2007,


By Vanessa M. Cross, Esq. and Melissa R. Allen, J.D.

In this article the authors examine the case of Republic of Austria v. Maria V. Altman and U.S. case law on equitable tolling and implied-in-fact bailment that offers lessons for museum acquisitions by purchase or gift. In Altman, involving a custody battle between Altman and the Austrian government over six Gustav Klimt paintings, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari limited to the question of whether the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) applies to claims based on

conduct that occurred before the Act’s enactment. A reading of U.S. case law teaches museums to develop clear legal and ethical acquisition policies.

Keyword Search: Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, International Law, International Art Law, Civil Procedure, Jurisdiction

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