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Immunity from Judicial Seizure - Cultural Objects

The U.S. Department of State administers the Immunity from Judicial Seizure statute (22 U.S.C. 2459), which protects from seizure or other judicial process certain objects of cultural significance imported into the United States for temporary display or exhibition. The application requirements and background information regarding such immunity are provided in the following links:

  1. Public Law on Cultural Objects
  2. Executive Order 12047 on Imported Objects
  3. Check List for Applicants
  4. Sample Introductory Paragraphs for Immunity Application; Sample Contract Language

Requests for immunity from judicial seizure, as well as comments/suggestions about this page, should be addressed to the Assistant Legal Adviser for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, as follows:

Assistant Legal Adviser for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
U.S. Department of State
SA-5, L/PD, Fifth Floor (Suite 5H03)
2200 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20522-0505

Phone: 202-632-6471
Fax: 202-632-6439


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