Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Appeal ruling on Persepolis archive

U. of Chicago and Museums Win Key Ruling in Legal Battle Over Iranian Antiquities

By David Glenn (Chronicle of Higher Education

Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History and the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute won a victory on Tuesday in their efforts to maintain possession of thousands of ancient Iranian artifacts. In a ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed a lower court's order that might have handed the artifacts over to several American victims of a 1997 terrorist bombing in Jerusalem.


The case will now return to the lower court for further argument. Among the remaining questions is whether the antiquities might be seized under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002.

With all due respect to and great sympathy for the terrorism victims, I think this is the right decision. For background and my reasoning see here and follow the links.

(HT Christopher Rollston.)