Spoliation Advisory Panel

The Panel resolves claims from people, or their heirs, who lost property during the Nazi era, which is now held in UK national collections.

The Panel is appointed by the Secretary of State. It considers both legal and non-legal obligations, such as the moral strength of the claimant’s case, and whether any moral obligation rests on the holding institution.

Its proceedings are an alternative to litigation, and its recommendations are not legally binding on any parties. However, if a claimant accepts the recommendation of the Panel, and the recommendation is implemented, the claimant is expected to accept this as full and final settlement of the claim.



  • The Hon. Sir Donnell Deeny is the Presiding Judge of the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland, and is a former Chairman of the NI Arts Council

  • Rt Hon. Sir Alan Moses, former Lord Justice of Appeal and Chairman of the Independent Press Standards Organisation


  • Christopher Baker, Director, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

  • Tony Baumgartner, Partner in a leading London law firm and Recorder of the Crown Court

  • Professor Sir Richard Evans, Regius Professor Emeritus of History and President of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge

  • Professor Miranda Fricker, Professor of Philosophy, University of Sheffield

  • Sir Terry Heiser, Former Permanent Secretary at the DOE

  • Professor Peter Jones, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Former Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh

  • Martin Levy, Chairman, H Blairman and Sons Ltd, dealer in furniture and works of art

  • Peter Oppenheimer, Student, i.e. Fellow, Emeritus of Christ Church, Oxford, and former President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

  • Anna Southall, ex-director of the National Museums & Galleries of Wales and former CEO of the Museums Libraries and Archives Council. Vice Chair of Wales Millennium Centre and Chair of Arnolfini, Bristol

  • Professor Liba Taub, Director of the Whipple Museum, University of Cambridge; Fellow and Tutor, Newnham College

  • Oliver Urquhart Irvine, The Librarian, Royal Library, and Assistant Keeper of the Queen’s Archives

Constitution and Terms of Reference

Constitution and Terms of Reference (MS Word Document, 49KB)

Panel Reports

Please refer to the Spoliation Advisory Panel document collection to access the Panel’s previous reports.

Review of the Spoliation Advisory Panel

A short independent review was carried out from December 2014 - February 2015 out into the Spoliation Advisory Panel by Sir Paul Jenkins KCB QC as part of the regular and ongoing Government programme to review public bodies and ensure they continue to operate effectively. You can read his report and the Government response below.

Independent Review of the Spoliation Advisory Panel (PDF, 740KB, 55 pages) Govt Response to the Review of the Spoliation Advisory Panel (PDF, 153KB, 4 pages)

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