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

  • Upcoming seminar on Law and Photography – 1 July 2021

    We are pleased to announce a new seminar on the topic of law and photography taking place on 1st July 2021, from 12.00 to 5.00 pm UK time. The online seminar will cover the legal aspects relating to the taking of photographs in their various forms, as well as publishing and dealing with them. Experts […]

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    Diploma in Art Profession Law & Ethics 2021

    We are pleased to announce that our Diploma in Art Profession Law and Ethics (DipAPLE) is running once again between June and December 2021. This intensive, interactive course – now online – is designed to introduce both art professionals and lawyers to the specific legal risks and safeguards that underpin all art transactions. It covers […]

  • Diploma in IP and Collections – June

    We will be running one of our popular courses, the Diploma course in Intellectual Property and Collections in June, from the 23rd to the 25th. The course will cover all aspects of copyright, moral rights, copyright exceptions, IP management for museums, orphan works, artist resale rights and more. It will be run online, via Zoom, from […]

Latest News

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    NFTs – contemplating copyright and contract conundrums (part II)

    In our post last week, we explored some of the copyright issues raised by recent stories from the world of NFTs. Today, we turn our focus to matters of contract law. How can we address the challenges posed by contractual mechanisms unfamiliar to many in the art world? And where we might look for answers […]

    Published: June 2, 2021
  • Blockchain technology by TLC-kios, CC0 1.0 via Creative Commons

    NFTs – contemplating copyright and contract conundrums (part I)

    It hardly seems possible that the now world-famous sale of Beeple’s ‘Everydays’ NFT at the eyewatering price of $69 million happened less than three months ago. The sale was still underway when we first offered a few thoughts on the explosion of NFTs onto the mainstream art market. Bidding was at what now feels like […]

    Published: May 28, 2021
  • UK to repeal import prohibition derived from EU law

    The UK government last week began the process to repeal a prohibition on the import of cultural goods unlawfully removed from their country of origin. Seeing as this repeal could potentially damage the reputation of the UK’s art market, one expert body is urging the UK to take additional measures to minimise any risks associated […]

    Published: May 25, 2021

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