The Institute of Art & Law

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The IAL offers knowledgeable training in the area of art law and cultural heritage. We publish a quarterly law journal Art Antiquity and Law, offer numerous art law courses and events, deliver in-house training and provide an extensive membership body for professionals around the world. Become a member today!

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Upcoming Events

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    Jewellery & Law Morning Seminar

    We are delighted to be running on 15th January 2019, with the support of Clyde & Co, a morning seminar on the law as it affects the trade in jewellery and precious stones. This will cover all areas such as design rights, fakes and forgeries, attribution and disputes. A great opportunity for newcomers to learn […]

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    Diploma in Art Profession Law & Ethics 2019

    Our Diploma in Art Profession Law and Ethics (DipAPLE) is running once again beginning in January 2019. This intensive, interactive course is designed to introduce both art professionals and lawyers to the specific legal risks and safeguards that underpin all art transactions. It covers buying and selling, lending and borrowing, donating and accepting, disposing and […]

  • 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 will cover every major legal area affecting the art market and arts management and is ideal for practitioners in this field. The […]

Latest News

  • Art of the view: Tate Modern and the privacy of its neighbours

    When Tate Modern opened its new extension in the summer of 2016, the Blavatnik Building, the art world applauded and celebrated the new space which allows for increased permanent and temporary exhibition space, another restaurant as well as education rooms. However, there is now a more contentious side to this building. The building has a […]

    Published: December 6, 2018
  • Progress on the Washington Principles: a glass half full after 20 years?

    The adoption of the Washington Conference Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art by 44 nations in 1998 marked a deeply significant moment in the development of cultural policy in the 20th and 21st centuries. Whilst the extent of looting perpetrated by the Nazis during the 1933-45 period was fairly well understood at that stage, few would have […]

    Published: December 5, 2018
  • Planning for the unthinkable: Protecting cultural assets in extremis

    It barely seems possible that we are fast approaching the first anniversary of the UK’s ratification of the Hague Convention 1954. 12th December 2017 marked the entry into force of the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Act 2017, which saw the UK, finally, making a formal commitment to adhere to the Convention’s obligations for the protection […]

    Published: December 3, 2018

Latest Publications

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

    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 Heritage Protection Alexander Herman Cultural Heritage Protection and Disaster Risk Management […]

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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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  • Protecting Cultural Objects: Before and After 1970

    by Patrick J. O’Keefe (2017) This book provides a comprehensive analysis not only of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, but of the historical background that led to the adoption of the Convention and of the ways in which […]

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