The Institute of Art & Law

Internationally recognised source of knowledge on art and cultural heritage law

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IAL offers knowledge and training in all aspects of the law relating to art and cultural heritage. We publish a range of books and a quarterly law journal Art Antiquity and Law, offer numerous art law courses and events, deliver in-house training and have an extensive membership body of professionals around the world. Become a member today!

Upcoming Events

  • Exporting Art seminar – 15 February 2022

    We are happy to announce our next seminar, which will run on 15 February 2022 in partnership with Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP at their offices in London. The topic will be the export of works of art and will feature a number of experts discussing the challenges and new developments in this area, both in […]

  • Next IAL Study Forum – 19 March 2022

    We are pleased to announce our next Study Forum, which will be a virtual event, on 19 March 2022. Like our earlier study forums, this will provide an opportunity to hear about some of the fascinating issues and recent developments in the art and cultural heritage law field. Topics and speakers to include: The role […]

  • Diploma course for museum professionals

    Over the week of 25 to 29 April 2022, we will be running our Diploma in Law and Collections Management (DipLCM) course in online form. The course is open to all those who work in collections management (or related fields) at museums, galleries, libraries or archives. This course will cover areas as varied as IP management of collections, […]

Latest News

  • Acquittal of the ‘Colston Four’ – jury gives verdict in statue toppling trial

    On Thursday 6 January, four defendants accused of illegally damaging the Grade II listed statue of Edward Colston in the UK port city of Bristol were found not guilty by their jury. For those not familiar with the story, it began with the toppling of the statue back in June 2020, during protests in the […]

    Published: January 12, 2022
  • Looking ahead to 2022

    Is it really time to make predictions? With the uncertainty that has accompanied these last two years, likely not. As I said last year, prognostication is a perilous enterprise. What can really be said about the year ahead without including a major asterisk? So let us instead try a more modest approach, by going over […]

    Published: January 5, 2022
  • Michael Steinhardt’s antiquities and the legal/moral divide

    Collector Michael Steinhardt has been in the news this week, and not for the right reasons. On Monday, an agreement was announced whereby the New York DA’s Office would not prosecute Steinhardt for acquiring looted antiquities and, in exchange, Steinhardt would surrender 180 such artefacts to the DA, and these will soon (one hopes) be […]

    Published: December 9, 2021

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