Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Lucerne, Switzerland
Karolina Kuprecht is a legal researcher and attorney-at-law in Switzerland and works in the fields of civil law, trade and IP law, cultural property, cultural heritage and art law. Her research has a special focus on the rights of Indigenous peoples and their cultural heritage claims.
She studied law at the University of Zurich and the University of Leiden (lic.iur. 1997) and at the University of California Los Angeles (LL.M 2002). She took the Swiss bar (2002) and worked for several years in a commercial law firm in Zurich and Zug. In 2008, she joined the i-call research centre at the University of Lucerne, where she served as a researcher and alternate leader in the i-call research project "International Trade in Indigenous Peoples' Cultural Heritage: Legal and Policy Issues."
During this three-year project, she co-edited a book under the same title (which included contributions from several IPinCH researchers), finished her PhD on "Indigenous Peoples' Cultural Property Claims: Repatriation and Beyond," published articles, and was bestowed with the Swiss UNO Academia Award. Since March 2013, she has been working on a new trans-disciplinary research project on certified trade with Indigenous peoples. Karolina looks forward to collaborating with IPinCH people and organizations.