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

  • Seminar on Brexit and the art world – 11 February 2021

    We are pleased to announce an upcoming seminar, ‘Brexit, legal changes and the art world‘ on 11th February, offered by the Institute of Art & Law (IAL) and Hunters Law LLP. The seminar will cover the recent legal changes brought about by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and the end of the Transition Period. […]

  • Book launch: Museums and the Holocaust (2nd edition)

    On 27 January 2021, we will be hosting an online book launch for the second edition of Museums and the Holocaust, first published by Norman Palmer in 2000. In the twenty years since the first edition there have been seismic shifts in the treatment by museums of works of art spoliated during the Nazi-era (1933-1945). […]

  • Next IAL Study Forum – virtual event – 6 February 2021

    We are pleased to announce our next Study Forum, which will be a virtual event, on 6 February 2021. Like our traditional 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. Speakers and topics: Dr Donna Yates (Associate […]

Latest News

  • Will Israel’s High Court of Justice Manage to Stop one of the Largest Museum Deaccession Sales in the Country’s History?

    “Hearing this case will open Pandora’s box.” So stated Justice Anat Baron of the Israeli High Court of Justice, on November 18, 2020 delivering a ruling temporarily postponing the sale of 258 lots from Jerusalem’s L.A. Mayer Museum of Islamic Art at Sotheby’s London auction house. The case, which has drawn public ire and the […]

    Published: January 24, 2021
  • New issue of Art Antiquity and Law published

    The December issue of Art Antiquity and Law has now gone to press and will be available in a few days. We hope the slight delay can be forgiven because this is our 100th issue of the journal, which is surely worthy of celebration (even during these rather un-celebratory times). If you subscribe to the […]

    Published: January 22, 2021
  • Relief at Supreme Court judgment on business interruption insurance – but with a note of caution…

    It has been a worrying and torrid time for many businesses over the past twelve months, not least those in the arts sector. Cancelled exhibitions, revenue loss, closed doors, and staff cuts have become an all too familiar story for many museums and galleries, forced to suspend business-as -usual in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. […]

    Published: January 20, 2021

Latest Publications

  • Museums and the Holocaust [Second Edition]

    Edited by Ruth Redmond-Cooper To be published in January 2021. Hardback 338 Pages ++. For details on the book launch on 27 January 2021, see here. In January 2021, the Institute of Art and Law will publish the second edition of Norman Palmer’s classic work, Museums and the Holocaust. In the twenty years since the […]

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  • Art Antiquity and Law: 2021 Annual Subscription (hard copy)

    We also offer both digital-only and digital + hardcopy subscription options in partnership with Hein. Art Antiquity and Law is a Quarterly designed for all who value the cultural and historical environment. The principal aim of the Quarterly is to inform. It exists to tell those who work in the art and antiquity world about the law governing their […]

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  • Art Antiquity and Law: 2020 Annual Subscription (hard copy)

    We also offer both digital-only and digital + hardcopy subscription options in partnership with Hein. Art Antiquity and Law is a Quarterly designed for all who value the cultural and historical environment. The principal aim of the Quarterly is to inform. It exists to tell those who work in the art and antiquity world about the law governing their […]

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