August 13, 2015

UK lawyers deliver Parthenon Marbles legal opinion to Greece

Posted at 1:06 pm in British Museum, Elgin Marbles

Despite assertions made in many new sources in May, it was generally left unreported, that the legal team from Doughty Street Chambers (Geoffrey Robertson and Amal Clooney) along with Norman Palmer had in fact not delivered their final report to Greece.

This document has now been completed and delivered to Greece. Hopefully it will be given full consideration by the government, possibly leading to a new policy announcement later in the year. I look forward to hearing more in due course about the detail of what has been proposed and any recommendations made.

Amal Alamuddin & Geoffrey Robertson

Amal Alamuddin & Geoffrey Robertson

Doughty Street Chambers

Legal opinion on status of Parthenon Marbles delivered to Greece
04.08.15 | Amal Clooney, Geoffrey Robertson QC

Yesterday, The Greek Ministry of Culture confirmed that it received the legal opinion of Geoffrey Robertson QC, Norman Palmer QC and Amal Clooney regarding the Parthenon Sculptures in the possession of the British Museum.

It should be noted that between 13-15 May various news outlets including the Daily Mail the New York Times, the Telegraph, the Washington Post, the BBC, and the Daily Beast published stories falsely asserting that Mrs Clooney and her colleagues had delivered a 150-page joint legal report earlier that week advising the Greek Government to take legal action and that this advice was expressly rejected by the Greek government. Certain articles even purported to quote the legal advice from the alleged 150-page report.

These reports are demonstrably false, because Mrs Clooney’s advice, together with that of Geoffrey Robertson QC, was delivered to the Greek government for the first time last Friday. We trust that, in light of this clarification, the error will not be repeated.

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  1. VirgilTMorant said,

    08.13.15 at 1:09 pm

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  2. mat8iou said,

    08.13.15 at 1:45 pm

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  3. HellenicFdn said,

    08.15.15 at 9:01 am

    UK lawyers deliver Parthenon Marbles legal opinion to Greece

  4. VardasGeorge said,

    08.16.15 at 8:56 am

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  5. DR.KWAME OPOKU said,

    09.30.15 at 8:39 am

    When shall we be able to see a copy of the opinion?

  6. Matthew said,

    09.30.15 at 8:58 am

    The answer to this question is not known. I theory it is private correspondence between them & their client (the Greek Government), so it is up to the Greek Government to decide if they want to make it known.

    Hopefully if it does become public, you’ll hear about it first here hopefully.

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