The ever increasing number of art forgeries means that methods of dealing with this type of case are constantly under discussion.
What should be the roles of judges and prosecutors, who are always out of their depth? Is it always necessary to seek an expert opinion? Whose opinion should be sought? What type of expert should take precedence: artistic, stylistic or scientific? Are there other experts? Are there any accessible databases of art documents? Which investigatory agency should be appointed? How reliable are scientific methods in the analysis of artworks: 3D and 2D laser technology, metal analysis, pigment chemistry, paper analysis?
This session will attempt to provide answers to these questions, with presentations by academics, judges and prosecutors, presentations explaining the scientific methods of investigating forgeries by researchers and other experts, and contributions from art gallery curators. Given the interrelatedness of the civil and criminal aspects of this field, the session will be of interest to both criminal law specialists, whether judges or prosecutors, and those specialising in civil law. Its aim is to provide judges and prosecutors with a "toolbox", particularly working methods, specimen orders and requisitions, recent case law, etc.