The Chinese villages win a lawsuit in China to repatriate a Mummified Buddha Statue hold by a Dutch Collector
—What Role has Private International Law Played?
By Zhengxin Huo, Professor of Law, China University of Polit’l Science and Law; Associate Member of International Academy of Comparative Law; Observer of the UNESCO 1970 Convention. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The author would like to thank Dr. Meng YU for valuable comments.
On 4 December 2020, the Sanming Intermediate People’s Court of China’s southeastern Province of Fujian rendered a judgment ordering the Dutch defendants to return a stolen 1,000-year-old Buddhist mummy, known as the statue of Zhanggong-zushi, to its original owner: two village committees in the Province within 30 days after the verdict comes into effect.