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LALIVE supports the Pierre Lalive and John Henry Merryman Fellowship in Art and Cultural Heritage Law

4 December 2018

In honour of the firm’s co-founder, the late Professor Pierre Lalive, and to uphold his legacy as a leading academic in art law, the firm is delighted to support the newly created Pierre Lalive and John Henry Merryman Fellowship in Art and Cultural Heritage law, together with the Art Law Centre of the University of Geneva and the International Cultural Property Society.

The annual fellowship will be awarded to a scholar aged under 40 for the best article published in the International Journal of Cultural Property Law, who will be hosted by the Art Law Centre for a period of up to four weeks to engage in the activities of the Centre and carry out research.

Pierre Lalive (1923-2014) was a Professor of law at the University of Geneva and a leading scholar in art law and private international law. He was particularly instrumental in the drafting of the 1995 UNDROIT Convention on the Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects. He is considered as a pioneer of this area, along with John Henry Merryman (1920-2015), Nelson Bowman Sweitzer and Marie B. Sweitzer Professor of Law, Emeritus at Stanford Law School, and other leading scholar in art law and comparative law. John Henry Merryman founded the International Cultural Property Society in 1988, which publishes the International Journal of Cultural Property (Cambridge University Press), and was co-author of Law, Ethics and the Visual Arts (with Albert E Elsen).

Professor Lalive’s outstanding expertise in art law led to the creation of the firm’s strong art law practice, which currently advises and represents collectors, galleries, dealers, museums, auction houses and governments on all issues related to fine art and the art world.

For further information on the Fellowship please see here.

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