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

  • Study Forum in Oxford – 8 October 2022

    We are pleased to announce our next Study Forum, which will be an in-person event at New College, Oxford, on 8th October 2022. Like all our 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 […]

  • Diploma course for museum professionals – 10 to 14 October 2022

    We are happy to announce that the next instalment of our popular Diploma in Law and Collections Management (DipLCM) course will run in person again from 10 to 14 October 2022, kindly hosted by law firm Boodle Hatfield LLP. The course is open to all those who work in collections management (or related fields) at […]

  • Short course on museum deaccession – 1 December 2022

    The IAL will once again be offering a short course on museum deaccession for museum practitioners and other professionals, to run online on the afternoon of 1st December 2022. The course will cover the major legal and ethical issues that need to be considered in this challenging area, including new changes to charity law in […]

Art Business & Law LLM

  • 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 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

  • Museums, restitution and the new Charities Act

    An important change to charity law that will affect the ability of museums in England and Wales to return collection items was passed by Parliament in February as part of the Charities Act 2022 and is due to come into force this autumn. Charity law is especially important in the cultural sector because most museums […]

    Published: September 25, 2022
  • Dismissal of Heirs’ Claims for Guelph Treasure

    Heirs of German Jewish dealers who seek restitution of a collection of Christian reliquaries known as the Welfenschatz (or Guelph Treasure) have received a stinging dismissal of their suit from a Washington D.C. district court. The case made headlines in 2021 after it was remanded by the U.S. Supreme Court to the D.C. Circuit for […]

    Published: September 12, 2022
  • Blockchain technology by TLC-kios, CC0 1.0 via Creative Commons

    NFTs as ‘property’ – in art and law

    While some high profile artists have been somewhat underwhelmed by the NFT phenomenon, others have been much more eager to dip their toes into NFT waters. Undeterred by naysayers such as David Hockney, who in one interview, deemed NFTs as for ‘crooks and swindlers’, artists such as Damien Hirst have embraced the new technology. Hirst’s […]

    Published: September 2, 2022

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