On a diving trip, you find and recover a treasure chest in the wreckage of an ancient ship. Does the playground doctrine of “finders, keepers” apply or is legal title to your “booty” governed by international or domestic law? In the latest installment of this popular series, Peter Afrasiabi reviews the laws that apply to the recovery of antiquities, including coins, artifacts, artwork and even human remains.
Peter Afrasiabi, Partner, One LLP, Newport Beach, CA
Peter is a founding partner at One, LLP, and focuses his practice on copyright, patent, trademark and entertainment litigation. In addition, he is a professor and the Director of the Appellate Clinic at University of California, Irvine School of Law. Peter graduated from University of California, Los Angeles and University of Southern California Gould School of Law.