PhD Programmes :

April 2023: Restitution for missing property - art, objects and land - consequent of genocide, war, natural disasters

Restitution for missing property - art, objects and land - consequent of genocide, war, natural disasters - New PhD Program/Masters by Thesis at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

PhD and Masters by thesis opportunities for students interested in examining the socio-legal and economic ramifications for when property goes missing during war, genocide or man-made/natural disasters. After these events, there may be a misalignment of ownership and possession of art, objects (chattels) or even land. It may be contentious as to whether such property was sold, abandoned, stolen and so on. These are uncomfortable conversations at the national and international levels. There are international treaties to be considered, sometimes local laws, as well as many lessons to be learnt from the horrific experiences from the Shoah (Holocaust), Cambodia, Rwanda, Darfur, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as earthquakes, tsunamis and other impactful man-made/natural disaster events. These terrible experiences have advanced this area of enquiry but there is still much more knowledge to be acquired on the socio-legal and economic issues as they relate to genocide, war, man-made/natural disasters.

College: Design and Social Context

School: Property, Construction and Project Management

Discipline: Property

Program Code: DR212 / MR212

Campus: Melbourne City

Project/Team Leader: Rebecca Leshinsky and Bambang Trigunarsyah

Sustainable Development Goal(s): 17 - Partnerships for the Goals, 16 - Peace, Justice, and Strong Insitutions, 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Funded Project:

Closing Date:

Enabling Capability Platform: Social Change

FoR Code(s): 3302

For more information, contact:

Dr Rebecca Leshinsky
Associate Professor in Property
RMIT UniversitySchool of Property, Construction & Project Management
Building 8, Level 8, Room 53
360 Swanston St,

Correspondence with the Central Registry from Dr Leshinsky March 2023