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Foreign Relations and Intercourse, 22 U.S.C. § 2459, ("Federal Immunity from Seizure Act"), Immunity from Seizure of Cultural Objects Imported for Temporary Exhibition or Display


22 U.S.C. § 2459


 22 U.S.C. § 2459 provides, in pertinent part, that if a work of art or object of cultural significance is imported into the United States pursuant to an agreement that allows for a temporary exhibition or display in a cultural or educational institution that is in the national interest and after published notice in the Federal Register, no court in the United States may issue or enforce any judicial process or order that would deprive such institution of custody or control of the object. The United States attorney has a right to intervene to deny, quash, or vacate in any such judicial process or order.

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