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Geoffrey Bennett was quoted in the Private Art Investor article Treasure law: The commercial aspects of treasure on January 29, 2015

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News Article

Publication Date

1-29-2015

Abstract

Geoffrey Bennett was quoted in the Private Art Investor article Treasure law: The commercial aspects of treasure on January 29.

When you are dealing with treasure a century can seem like a short time. Antiquities law can seem similar. In closing remarks at the, Geoffrey Bennett, a Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, said there is “disappointingly slow rate of reform” for treasure law. And he does not expect this to change, adding that it is “optimistic to expect too much too soon.”

Bennett said that this is not necessarily a bad thing. He says that politicians and lawyers often introduce new laws as quick steps toward a solution, but this does not always work. He ended by saying that “incremental progress is the way ahead.”

He also posed an argument for “widening the definition of treasure to include some antiquities” not currently covered by the Act.