Glossary beginning with O

The Glossary provides basic legal and technical definitions for the most common terms related to the fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods.


Object ID

Object ID is an international standard for describing cultural objects. It is the result of years of research in collaboration with the museum community, international police and customs agencies, the art trade, insurance industry, and valuers of art and antiques.

Source: International Council of Museums


Source place where a cultural object has been extracted, excavated or discovered for the first time.

Source: International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods


One who has the right to possess, use, and convey something; a person in whom one or more interests are vested.

Source: Glossary, UNESCO Database of National Cultural Heritage Laws


The bundle of rights allowing one to use, manage and enjoy property, including the rights to possess a thing, regardless of any actual or constructive control, and to convey it to others.

Source: Arthemis, Art-Law Centre, University of Geneva

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