Chapter

Art Crime

pp 327-336

A Permanent International Art Crime Tribunal?

  • Judge Arthur Tompkins

Abstract

In an article arguing for the return of the Parthenon marbles, Christopher Hitchins asserted, in response to the oft-made argument that return of the sculptures presently held in the British Museum to Athens would set a precedent: “There is in existence no court or authority to which appeals on precedent can be made.”1