Seminars, Publications and Profile

Lecture Series

“Developments in the Law with Respect to the International Trade in Works of Art and Cultural Property”, American Society of International Law (ASIL). Washington, DC (April 2012)

“International Cultural Heritage Law Lecture Series, Recent Developments, Role of International Organizations, Governments and Domestic Law”, LL.M. Programme, University Jean Moulin 3, University of Lyon, Faculty of Law. Lyon, France (November 2011)

“Legal Issues in the Art and Cultural Property World”, Art Gallery of Ontario. Toronto, Ontario (June 2011)

“Art and Law, An Update on Legal and Trade Issues”, Federation of University Women. Brantford, Ontario (May 2011)

“Recent Developments and Legal Issues Concerning the International Trade in Works of Art from a North American Perspective”, Law and Taxation of the Art Market, LL.M Programme, University Jean Moulin 3, University of Lyon, Faculty of Law. Lyon, France (February 2011)

“The Field of International Art and Cultural Heritage Law in Canada and World Wide, An Introduction to Students”, University of Toronto, Trinity College. Toronto, Ontario (November 2010)

“Stealing Beauty, The Fine Art of Art Theft”, Art Gallery of Hamilton. Hamilton, Ontario (April 2010)

“Legal Issues Concerning Art Theft from a Gallery and Collector’s Perspective”, Ontario Association of Art Galleries. Toronto, Ontario (May 2009)

International Art Law Lecture Series: Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario – “Art Crimes” (28 January 2007), “Art Crimes” (4 February 2007), “Art Crimes” (11 February 2007)

“Caring and Sharing and the Mobility of Cultural Heritage”, presentation sponsored by the International Art and Cultural Heritage Committee, ABA. London, UK (October 2007)

“International Legal Issues for Collections of Cultural Property”, presentation sponsored by the International Institutions and Heritage Law Committee, IBA. Singapore (October 2007)

“Legal and Ethical Issues concerning Cultural Property and Antiquities from an International and Canadian Perspective”, University of Pec and the Institute of Art and Law. Hungary (July 2007)

“Legal Issues for the Protection of Cultural Property with respect to International Organizations and Conventions from a Canadian Perspective”, IBA. Milan, Italy (June 2007)

International and Domestic Laws and Recent Cases concerning the Protection and Restitution of Cultural Property, LL.M. Programme, University Jean Moulin 3, Faculty of Law. Lyon, France (March 2007)

Art Crimes (International Art Law Lecture Series): Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario (February 20 – March 6 2006)

International Art Law Lecture Series: Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario – “Fakes and Forgeries in the International Art World” Cases and International Intrigue (6 November 2005), “Techniques and Authentication Disputes” (13 November 2005), “Pillage and Profit: Legal and Illegal Trade in Indigenous Art” (27 November 2005)

International Art Law Lecture Series: Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario – “From Collector to Criminal: When Collectors Cross the Line” (17 October 2004), “From Collector to Criminal: When Collectors Cross the Line” (24 October 2004), “From Collector to Criminal: When Collectors Cross the Line” (31 October 2004), “From Collector to Criminal: When Collectors Cross the Line” (7 November 2004)

Faculty member and lecturer in the Law and Taxation in the Art Market (LL.M) at the University of Jean Moulin 3. Lyon, France (2002)

International Art Law Lecture Series: Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario – “Fakes and Forgeries in the International Art World” Cases and International Intrigue (18 November 2001), “Techniques and Authentication Disputes” (25 November 2001), “Pillage and Profit: Legal and Illegal Trade in Indigenous Art” (2 December 2001)


Symposia and Seminars

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations: Project AEGIS Training Symposium: Investigating and Prosecuting the Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (3-4 June 2014); Project AEGIS Art and Antiquities Collaboration Session, U.S. Consulate, Toronto (18 September 2014)

Member of the INTERPOL Expert Group (IEG) on Stolen Cultural Property: 11th Meeting, Lyon, France (27-28 February 2014; conclusions); 10th Meeting, Lyon, France (9-10 April 2013; conclusions); 9th Meeting, Lyon, France (28-29 February 2012; conclusions); 8th International Symposium on the Theft of and Illicit Traffic in Works of Art, Lyon, France (18-20 October 2011; conclusions); 8th Meeting, Lyon, France (5-6 April 2011; conclusions)

Organized Canada’s first International Symposium on Criminality in the Art and Cultural Property World with 20 world leading expert speakers and 120 attendees. Toronto, Ontario (15-16 June 2012)

American Bar Association International Cultural Property Committee Examines Collecting Chinese Art and Antiquities: Hot Trade Heats Up, Washington, DC (4 May 2007)

UNESCO-ICOM Conference, Legal Issues concerning the Protection and Restitution of World Wide Cultural Heritage. Paper entitled In Search of our Heritage, prepared for Annual Meeting. Cairo, Egypt (March 2007)

“Eagle Spirit; Contemporary Arts of the Six Nations”, Lecture and Exhibition in conjunction with the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto, Ontario (January 2007)

“WARfashion: The profound impact of Second World War on women’s fashions in the 1940s”, Lecture and Exhibition in conjunction with the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto, Ontario (Dec 2006)

“Criminals & the Art Market”, Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto (8 May 2006)

Crimes Against Culture at Royal Ontario Museum. Col. Matthew Bogdanos and Czegledi discuss the illegal business of stolen cultural property which is not a victimless crime. Entire nations suffer when the evidence of their histories and identities are sold to the highest bidder. Toronto, Ontario (20 April 2006)

“Art Crimes”, Women’s Art Association. Toronto, Ontario (12 April 2006)

“Fakes and Forgeries in the Art Market: ABA International Cultural Property Committee”. Waldorf Astoria, New York, NY (6 April 2006)

“Criminals & the Art Market”, Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto, Ontario (27 January 2006)

“Law Enforcement and Archaeology”, Archaeological Institute of America. Montreal, Quebec (January 2006)

“Canadian System for the Protection of Cultural Property”, American Bar Association, International Cultural Property Committee. Brussels, Belgium (28 October 2005)

“FBI Art Crime Special Unit”, International Foundation for Art Research. New York, NY (8-9 June 2005)

“The Future of Repatriation”, Program Moderator, International Cultural Property Committee, American Bar Association Spring Meeting. Washington, DC (15 April 2005)

“The Restitution of Sacred Items and Human Remains to First Nations Peoples from a Canadian Perspective”, Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, Eighth Annual Conference. Austin, TX (11-12 March 2005)

Holocaust Looted Art“, Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto, Ontario (18 April 2004)

“The Cultural Heritage of Iraq: an Assessment a Year After”, Program Chair, American Bar Association Spring Meeting. Plaza Hotel, New York, NY (15 April 2004)

“The Cultural Heritage of Iraq: An Assessment”, Co-Chair and Moderator, American Bar Association, SILP, Fall Meeting. Brussels, Belgium (14 October 2003)

“The Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage”, Co-Chair, American Bar Association, Section of International Law and Practice. Washington, DC (9 May 2003)

“WWII Looted Art: Legal Issues”, Holocaust Education Week, UJA Federation. Toronto, Ontario (4 November 2002)

“Legal, Historical and Ethical Issues Concerning Looted Art from a Canadian Perspective”, Hadassah WIZO. Toronto, Ontario (9 April 2002)

“Art as the Victim of War: An Historical and Legal Overview of the Problem from a Canadian Perspective”, Canadian Symposium on Holocaust-era Cultural Property (Canadian Museums Association and the Canadian Jewish Congress), National Gallery of Canada. Ottawa, Ontario (14-16 November 2001)

“Import/Export Considerations of the Cultural Property Trade”, International Bar Association Annual Meeting. Cancun, Mexico (1 November 2001)

“An Overview of the Illicit Market for Canadian Cultural Property and the Means to Control it”, International Cultural Property Committee, American Bar Association Section of International Law and Practice. Monterrey, Mexico (16 October 2001)

“Fakes and Forgeries: International Art Trade and Stolen Art”, International Trade Club of Toronto (28 September 2000)

“Legal, Practical, and Business Issues for Exhibitors of Art in Canada”, International Bar Association Annual Meeting. Amsterdam, Netherlands (17 September 2000)


Publications and Articles

Commentary: Crimes Against Culture Merit Serious Consequences (Canadian Criminal Law Review 2010, Vol 15 No 1)

Forging a Career in International Art Law, LAWNOW, The Arts and the Law (May/June 2010)

Why do Thieves Steal Art?, The Mark News (1 June 2010)

Saving Haiti’s Cultural Treasures, The Mark News (12 Feb 2010)

The Art of Crime, The Mark News (26 January 2010)

Some of That Old Black Market, The National Post (27 Jan 2007)

Art Thieves, Look Out, The Globe and Mail (27 Jan 2007)

Remember You’re a Lawyer When Buying Art on Your Summer Holidays, The Lawyers Weekly (14 July 2006 Vol. 26 No. 11)

The Art of Practicing Art Law, Law Times (July 3 2006)

The Case of the Missing Painting: Office Space, The National Post (16 April 2005)

Portrait of the Art Underworld, Ultra Vires (U of T Newspaper)

In Search of Stolen Art, The Toronto Star (8 April 2005)

Heritage Law: Bring back the bilateral agreement between US and Canada to restrict the illicit trade in archaeological and ethnographic material, The Art Newspaper (July-August 2004, No. 149)

The Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage Program, ABA (Spring 2003) (please click here for French version)

Who knew what about Nazi loot? A public inquiry into art plunder might be in order, The National Post (15 December 2000)

Art Galleries and the Spoils of War, The National Post (25 April 2000)


Articles featuring Bonnie Czegledi

Rules for donating art, Advisor.ca (November 2014)

The Value of Art Theft, The Genteel (November 2012)

Upcoming Symposium to Address the issue of Criminality in the Art and Cultural Property World, IP Osgoode (June 2012)

Crime and Cultural Property, Slaw (17 May 2012)

Crimes Against Art: International Art and Cultural Heritage Law (book review), Muse Magazine, Canadian Museums Association (November/December 2011)

Review of the ROM Lecture series (Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 88 – Art Theft, Forgery, and the Law)

CBC radio interview (audio MP3 file) with Anna Maria Tremonti on The Current (27 Oct 2011)

Global Art Theft: From Rembrandt to Riopelle, CBC News, Arts and Entertainment (August 2011)

The art of advocacy (profile),  National Magazine, Canadian Bar Association (May 2009)

Portrait of an art and IP lawyer (profile), The Lawyers Weekly (January 2009)

The Art of the Steal, Deena Waisberg, Nuvo Magazine (Fall 2007)

CBC “Metro Morning” interview with Bonnie Czegledi (audio MP3 file) (July 2007)

CBC “Sounds Like Canada” interview with Bonnie Czegledi (audio MP3 file) (6 February 2007)

ARTS: Art’s Brush with the Lawless, Michael Peel, Financial Times (12 Jan 2007)

The Walrus Magazine @ The Writers Cafe: Artful Crimes, Interview with Joshua Knelman, based on the article by the same name, which won the Gold Medal Award at the Canadian National Magazine Awards (June 2006)

Artful Crimes, The Walrus (November 2005 Volume 2 Issue 9)

Bettering your after-work self, The Globe and Mail (2 September 2005)

Paint-by-numbers goes uptown, The Globe and Mail (11 June 2005)


Other Events

Walk the Talk to End Violence Against Women and Children, Gallery Contempra in conjunction with The Woman Abuse Council of Toronto. Toronto, Ontario (11 May – 11 June 2007)

Candle Light Vigil for the Iraq Museum, Institute of Art and Cultural Heritage in conjunction with Saving Antiquities for Everyone. Toronto, Ontario (11 April 2007) – see 5 Min Video on SAFE website, narrated by former Iraq Museum Director Dr. Donny George

Launch of The Institute of Art and Cultural Heritage, Gallery Contempra. Toronto, Ontario (21 April 2006)


Bonnie CzeglediBonnie Czegledi J.D.

  • Multimedia Visual Artist
  • Faculty Member and Lecturer in Law and Taxation in the Art Market LL.M. at the University Jean Moulin 3, Faculty of Law, Lyon, France
  • Director of the Institute of Art and Cultural Heritage
  • Year of Call, Ontario Bar, 1987
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, J.D.; The Honourable N. W. Rowell Scholarship, Public International Law
  • Harvard Law School, Program of Instruction for Lawyers
  • Yale University, Women’s Campaign School