Fionnuala Rogers is founder and director of Canvas Art Law, a specialist International Art and Cultural Property Firm, Chair of the UK Committee for the Blue Shield (an independent, impartial, and neutral international NGO and advisory body to UNESCO for protection of heritage in the event of armed conflict) and a Trustee of the Arab British Centre, a UK charity which focusses on developing relationships between Britain and the Arab world. Fionnuala has advised on cultural property protection, prevention of illicit trafficking and art law & cultural strategy around the world for more than 10 years. Uniquely, Fionnuala advises on both sides of the repatriation debate as she advises collectors, museums and the market (including on due diligence, potential claims and ownership disputes and legal vs moral issues that might arise) as well as countries of origin seeking to recover illegally exported cultural property. A prominent advisor on international regulation and policy for heritage issues, Fionnuala is regularly consulted on international legislation relating to heritage protection during peacetime and conflict. In recent years Fionnuala has advised numerous countries on their legal responsibilities to protect cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, and has supported heritage professionals and cultural workers to implement best practice in preparation for, during and in the aftermath of conflict and natural disaster.
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