The Institute of Art & Law 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

  • Diploma course for museum professionals – 24 to 28 April

    We are happy to announce that the next instalment of our popular Diploma in Law and Collections Management (DipLCM) course will run online from 24 to 28 April 2023. 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 […]

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    Immunity from seizure short course – 15 May

    The Institute of Art and Law is pleased to announce a return of its short course on immunity from seizure for museums, private lenders and others interested in this area. Museums in the UK and around the world are frequently faced with questions and challenges around the immunity from seizure of cultural objects on loan. […]

  • Diploma in IP and Collections – June 2023

    We will be running one of our popular courses, the Diploma course in Intellectual Property and Collections in June, from the 12th to the 14th. The course will cover all aspects of copyright, moral rights, copyright exceptions, IP management for museums, orphan works, artist resale rights, NFTS (a new session) and more. It will be run […]

Art Business & Law LLM

  • Art, Business and Law LLM

    This unique Masters in Law Programme (LLM) is offered in partnership between the Institute of Art and Law and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary University of London. The programme covers every major legal area affecting the art market and arts management and is ideal for practitioners in this field. The […]

Latest News

  • The ups and downs of Turkish repatriation in New York

    Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan District Attorney, is a busy man. Not only is he the one deciding whether to bring charges against former President Donald Trump, but he has also been occupied with repatriation events this week. Such handover ceremonies are of course only the final stage in longstanding investigations undertaken by the D.A.’s Antiquities […]

    Published: March 24, 2023
  • ‘National Treasure’ comes home: Gweagal spears taken by Cook to return permanently to traditional owners

    The fate of four Aboriginal spears taken by the crew of the HM Bark Endeavour in 1770 now rests with the English Charity Commission, after Trinity College Cambridge decided to seek approval to permanently return the items from its Cook-Sandwich collection to Traditional Owners in Australia. The hunting spear and pronged fishing spears were amongst […]

    Published: March 19, 2023
  • In an increasingly tech-focussed art world, what does the Online Safety Bill mean for freedom of artistic expression?

    As the controversial Online Safety Bill (“OSB”) makes its way through the House of Lords, we consider what implications it might pose for the online art world. Introduced in March 2022, the stated purpose of the OSB is to ‘make the UK the safest place in the world to be online while defending free expression’. […]

    Published: March 11, 2023

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