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Evelien Campfens


Mr. E. Campfens
+31 71 527 5018

Evelien Campfens holds a post-doc position at the Museums Collections and Society Research Group, based at LUCAS, with a focus on the legal and ethical aspects of collecting. Her field of expertise and interest is international cultural heritage law.

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Evelien Campfens is post-doc researcher at the Research Group Museums Collections and Society, based at LUCAS.  Her expertise is in international cultural heritage and property law.  She joined Leiden University (Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies) in relation to her PhD research on the status of looted artefacts in international law in 2016. Before that, she was general secretary of the Dutch Restitutions Committee for Nazi looted art since its founding in 2001. She publishes and lectures on restitution issues and advices various organisations in this field. At present she is research coordinator of the Heritage Under Threat group of the LED Centre for Global Heritage and Development; member of the Committee on Participation in Global Cultural Heritage Governance of the International Law Association; member of the Ethics Committee of the Dutch Museum Association (Ethische Codecommissie); and sits on the Board of Trustees of the German Lost Art Foundation


Her research focusses on normative standards for the protection, trade and possession of cultural objects. In the context of debates on the (legal) status of looted art, she explores the question whether traditional ownership concepts (still) ‘fit’ cultural objects, and, given the increasing attention for the social and identity shaping values of cultural heritage, more flexible standards are needed. Besides, she focusses on the increasing importance of proveance research and due diligence standards for the international  art world.

Ancillary activities


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • KG Musea en Collecties

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number A1.10


PhD candidate / guest

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Publiekrecht
  • Grotius Centre for Intern Legal Studies


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