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

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    Study Forum in London – 12 October 2019

    On Saturday 12 October 2019 we will be holding an all-day study forum in London, running from 9.45 am to 5pm. The event will be hosted at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary University of London, at 67-69 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3JB. The event will consist of a variety of talks from a number […]

  • Art, Business and Law LLM

    This unique Masters in Law Programme (LLM) is running in partnership between the Institute of Art and Law and the Centre of 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 programme […]

  • Diploma course for museum professionals

    Over the week of 7 to 11 October 2019, we will be running our Diploma in Law and Collections Management (DipLCM) course in London. 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

  • Developments from the US-China Trade War and how the art market is affected

    In what at first glance seems like a distant topic for cultural heritage and art law, the ongoing trade war between the US and China has escalated further with clear implications for the art market and many other countries as well. We have previously covered this topic here and here, when last year the threat […]

    Published: September 19, 2019
  • A report from two major Holocaust-Looted Art Events in London

    London played host earlier this month to two fascinating events relating to Holocaust-looted art and restitution. Both events were packed, truly marking the beginning of a new academic year and the return from summer holidays. IAL attended both events and here is our account of the enlightening discussions which took place. At the V&A, on […]

    Published: September 17, 2019
  • ICOM postpones vote on new ‘museum’ definition

    What is the role of the museum in 21st century society? Not a simple question, certainly, but one which a standing committee of ICOM, the International Council of Museums, has been actively considering for almost a year in pursuit of a new way of defining a ‘museum’. The process was intended to have reached its […]

    Published: September 9, 2019

Latest Publications

  • Art Antiquity and Law: 2019 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: 2018 Annual Subscription (hard copy)

    We also offer both digital-only and digital + hardcopy subscription options in partnership with Hein. Vol XXIII, Issue 1, 2018 Articles Restitution of Cultural Heritage in the European Directives: Towards an Enlargement of the Concept of ‘Cultural Goods’ Marta González-Suárez What’s Yours Is Mine: The Richard Prince Enigma, Appropriation Art and the Law Maryam Parsioon Timbuktu, International Criminal Law and Cultural […]

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  • Artist’s Resale Right (Droit de Suite): UK Law and Practice [Third Edition]

    This new and revised third edition takes stock of over ten years’ experience of Artist’s Resale Right (ARR), also called Droit de Suite, in the UK. As well as offering updated guidance it also includes a commentary on recent European and international developments, and the impact of Brexit on ARR in the UK is also […]

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