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.


  • Sir Donnell Deeny QC, Member of Northern Ireland Bar Counsel (Chair)
  • Tony Baumgartner, Partner in a leading London law firm and Recorder of the Crown Court
  • Professor Sir Richard Evans, Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University
  • Sir Terry Heiser, Former Permanent Secretary at the DOE
  • Professor Peter Jones, Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies In the Humanities, University of Edinburgh and Director of the Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
  • Martin Levy, Chairman of H Blairman and Sons Ltd, Fine Art Dealers
  • Peter Oppenheimer, President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies
  • Professor Norman Palmer, CBE, QC, Barrister and leading expert in cultural property law
  • Anna Southall Director of National Museums and Galleries of Wales
  • Professor Liba Taub, Director of the Whipple Museum, University of Cambridge; Fellow and Tutor, Newnham College.

Constitution and Terms of Reference

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

Panel Reports

Panel Reports (MS Word Document, 36KB)

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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