On 22nd July, the Art Law & More blog from Boodle Hatfield reported that a judicial review hearing challenging provisions of the Ivory Act 2018 dealing with trade in pre-1947 worked ivory is to be heard in London in October. The challenge has been brought by a company of dealers and collectors called the Friends of Antique Cultural Treasures Ltd (FACT). FACT alleges that the Act is contrary to EU law which permits trade in worked antique ivory as this is not considered a threat to elephant conservation. The basic intention of the Act was to introduce what was, in effect, an outright ban (subject to some narrow exceptions) on the trade in worked ivory in the UK, as well as being imported into or exported from the UK.
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