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Tania C. Mastrapa

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Tania C. Mastrapa is a Research Professor at The Institute of World Politics (IWP) in Washington, D.C. She is the founder of Mastrapa Consultants, a firm specializing in claims on property confiscated by the current Cuban regime. She also advises prospective foreign investors in Cuba to avoid trafficking in confiscated property. Dr. Mastrapa speaks frequently throughout North America and Europe on property restitution and privatization and has published extensively on post-Communist property reform, looted artworks, transitional justice and exile studies. She previously served as the Vice President of Cuban Cultural Heritage (CCH) and as Secretary of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE). Dr. Mastrapa is a contributor to the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research (SFPPR) and writes the blog No Trespassing for the Journal of Property Rights in Transition for which she is also the Editor-in-Chief.

Dr. Mastrapa was educated at Boston College, Carroll School of Management (B.S.), Tufts University, The Fletcher School (M.A.L.D.), and University of Miami, Graduate School of International Studies (Ph.D.).

Hundreds of Looted Icons Recovered in Albania

Hundreds of Looted Icons Recovered in Albania

Posted in: Darkroom
El anzuelo de la apertura económica

El anzuelo de la apertura económica

In Séptimo Día – El Nuevo Herald of 1 September 2013 I comment (in Spanish) on the similarities between V.I. Lenin’s New Economic Policy (NEP) and the so-called economic reforms of Cuban leader Rául Castro: Los comunistas jamás han sido reconocidos por su creatividad. Por lo tanto, el que haya estudiado bien sus métodos de [...]

Posted in: No Trespassing
Tolkien’s Farmer Giles of Ham: Hero for Our Time?

Tolkien’s Farmer Giles of Ham: Hero for Our Time?

  Peter Freeman 9 August 2013 Crisis Magazine   Professor Peter Freeman notes in Crisis Magazine the relevance of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Farmer Giles of Ham with respect to current United States sociopolitical issues. Below is an excerpt about Farmer Giles and the defense of private property:  What motivates Giles to take a loaded gun to [...]

Posted in: No Trespassing
Interview: Chris Marinello, The Art Loss Register

Interview: Chris Marinello, The Art Loss Register

Paris, 25 July 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). For several years, Christopher A. Marinello has dedicated his professional life to recovering stolen works of art. Art Media Agency met with him to find out more about his activities in this important domain. What’s your background? How did you come to work with the Art Loss [...]

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Art theft and restitution, interview with Tania Mastrapa

Art theft and restitution, interview with Tania Mastrapa

Miami, 22 July 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Tania Mastrapa directs Mastrapa Consultants, which focuses upon the privatisation and confiscation of art works from Cuba. Each December, she organises a conference entitled “The Art of Looting”, which takes a look at some of the most controversial issues surrounding the theft or misappropriation of cultural goods. [...]

Posted in: No Trespassing
Thieves respect property

Thieves respect property

  Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it. The Man Who Was Thursday: a Nightmare (1908) G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)  

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Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers, Welcome to the first issue of the Journal of Property Rights in Transition. We decided to launch our project with a focus on Cuba, largely because Cuba is an excellent case study of the pathology we have set out to explore and remedy. There is still neither regime change nor earnest economic and [...]

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Buyer Beware: Foreign Investment and Property Rights in Cuba

Buyer Beware: Foreign Investment and Property Rights in Cuba

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