“Meteorite ownership and legal issues – Current situation and perspectives”


Saturday, August 21, 2021 morning: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

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Convened by:


Ludovic Ferrière, Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna, Austria


Brigitte Zanda, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France 


8:30 Opening of the room / Welcoming of the on-site participants


8:40 Starting of the session Zoom


8:45 Welcome & Introductory words (by Brigitte Zanda & Ludovic Ferrière)


8:50 Gretchen Benedix (Curtin University, Perth, Australia) [] – Legal Issues Pertaining to Meteorites in Australia


9:00 Beda A. Hofmann (Natural History Museum Bern & Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland) [] – Legal aspects of meteorite recovery in Switzerland and in the Sultanate of Oman


9:15 Chris Herd (University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada) [] – Meteorites as Cultural Property: The Canadian Example


9:25 Alvaro Penteado Crósta (State University of Campinas, Brazil) [] – Brazilian Regulation for Meteorites: Ongoing Discussion


9:35 Silvia Irene Carrasquero (Museo de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina – ICOM Argentina) ( – Legal Protection of Meteorites in Argentina: Present Situation


9:45 Millarca Valenzuela Picón (Universidad Católica del Norte, Antofagasta, Chile) [] – Chilean Regulations and Laws for Meteorites


10:00 Nicholas Gessler (Duke University, Durham, USA – Retired) [] –Stakeholders in the Origin of Ownership: The World Heritage Convention, the Old Woman, and El Ali


10:15 Slot in search of a speaker – Legal Issues Pertaining to Meteorites in the United States


10:30 Coffee break / Virtual coffee break


10:50 Brigitte Zanda (Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, France) [] – Meteorite Ownership in France: a Historical Perspective


11:05 Ludovic Ferrière (Natural History Museum, Vienna, Austria) [] –Regulations and Laws for Meteorites in Europe: an Overview


11:20 Hasnaa Chennaoui Aoudjehane (Hassan II University of Casablanca, Morocco) [] – Legislation on Geological Heritage and Meteorites in Morocco


11:35 Martin Kappler ( [] – Ownership, Regulations, and Meteorite Laws: Point of View of Meteorite Collectors and Dealers


11:50 Worldwide Potpourri (participants interested are welcome to contribute with a one minute/one ppt. slide presentation; Please contact Ludovic Ferrière until August 16th with suggestions)


12:05 Open discussion (moderated by Brigitte Zanda & Ludovic Ferrière)


12:25 Concluding remarks


12:30 End of the workshop

Lunch break* / Further discussions


(*while there is no lunch provided by the organizers participants may want to continue their discussions during a joint lunch)