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Attorney-General of New Zealand v. Ortiz and Others

Attorney-General of New Zealand v. Ortiz and Others, [1981] Q.B., 2 W.L.R. 10 (Eng.); aff'd, [1982] EWCA (Civ), 2 W.L.R. 343 (Eng.).


At issue in this United Kingdom case, one of the earliest to address cultural heritage claims and   illegal export, was whether a Maori artifact had been automatically forfeited by virtue of having been illegally exported from New Zealand. The British House of Lords, the final decision-making body, denied New Zealand’s claim to the pre-1800 Maori door carving, holding that . . . .

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