Professor Norman Palmer QC CBE FSA has been a practising barrister for three decades and has written numerous leading texts on cultural and personal property, including Bailment (3rd edn 2009), Museums and the Holocaust (2000), and Art Loans (1997). He has also presided over a number of government committees and inquiries dealing with cultural policy and management, such as the Ministerial Working Group on Human Remains in Museum Collections, the Illicit Trade Advisory Panel and the Treasure Valuation Committee.
He has represented governments at home and overseas, on both legislative and claims-related causes. National clients include the Netherlands, Hungary, Iran, Armenia, Australia and New Zealand. He has also acted in arbitration, mediation and other out-of-court proceedings involving cultural property, and as an expert witness in cases in the UK, USA and Canada. He is International Standing Council to the National Gallery of Australia and the Chairman of ArtResolve, a body established to promote the non-contentious resolution of claims.
Norman Palmer is the Professor Emeritus of the Law of Art and Cultural Property at University College London, a Visiting Professor of Law at King’s College London, an Associate Professor at the Universities of Notre Dame in London and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tasmania. He holds degrees in law from the University of Oxford and is a Doctor of Law honoris causa of the University of Geneva.