GAINESVILLE, Mo., Aug,. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Ancient Coin Collectors Guild's (ACCG) legal actions against the Department of State (DOS) have been vindicated in the paper, Unveiling the Executive Branch's Extralegal Cultural Property Policy by Stephen K. Urice (Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Law) and Andrew Adler (adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law):
The authors pull no punches in the section titles, using the words, "Misapplying", "Circumventing" and "Undermining".
In their abstract, they say: "In this Article we reveal that the executive branch of the United States has consistently - and astonishingly - exceeded constraining legal authority with respect to the movement of cultural property into the United States."
Section III, E "The Ancient Coin Collectors case" describes the legal actions launched by the ACCG. In referring to agreements between the U.S. and both China and Cyprus, the authors' state:
"Disappointed with the inclusion of coins, and frustrated with the lack of transparency in the process, the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild... sought to test the legality of these import restrictions... . The lawsuit subsequently filed by ACCG (which remains ongoing at the time of this writing) is the first to challenge the executive branch's compliance with the CCPIA. We focus here on three specific allegations in that lawsuit because they raise serious concerns about the executive's current compliance with the statute."
ACCG's Executive Director, Wayne G. Sayles, says:
"As a defender of the licit numismatic trade and avocation of ancient coin collecting, I naturally feel that this sort of review is long overdue and most welcome. The conclusion of Urice and Adler is shared by others in the field of cultural property law and the noted Executive branch practices have come increasingly into the spotlight over the past decade. That the extralegal activities of DOS, for example, should now be surfacing in legal reviews is encouraging and timely since a legal challenge of those activities, launched by the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild, is now underway in U.S. District Court at Baltimore. I hasten to point out that, as with the authors cited here, ACCG opposition to extralegal practices within the Executive Branch does not equate to an endorsement of the looting of sites nor of the black market in antiquities."
For information on the ACCG, see:
Contact: Wayne G. Sayles, 417-679-2142, [email protected]
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SOURCE Ancient Coin Collectors Guild