The Institute of Art & 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!

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Upcoming Events

  • 2019 Diploma in Intellectual Property and Collections

    The Diploma in Intellectual Property and Collections will run again in London for three days from 24 to 26 June 2019. The course will cover all aspects of intellectual property (IP) law affecting collections and collection management, including copyright in artistic works, permitted uses such as fair dealing, copyright duration, international and cross-border considerations, good […]

  • Diploma course for museum professionals in October

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

  • 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 […]

Latest News

  • Talk by Alexander Herman on museums, ethics and deaccession

    Last week, our Assistant Director Alexander Herman gave a talk at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, on the topic of museums, law, ethics, deaccession and restitution. The talk was entitled “Values & Art: Ethics in the Management of Culture” and was part of Ryerson’s Business Ethics speaker series at the Ted Rogers School of Management. […]

    Published: March 13, 2019
  • Our submission to the DCMS consultation on UK export controls

    The IAL recently submitted a response to a consultation on export controls released by the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). The consultation related to a recent proposal to introduce a legally binding offer into the mechanism by which would-be exporters are required to accept fair matching offers from UK institutions (or […]

    Published: March 8, 2019
  • Monetising the past – some thoughts on the sale of archaeological artefacts

    Laws and guidance notes are rarely retrospective as this would go against fairness and justice. As regards laws such as the Treasure Act 1996 and guidance notes dealing with human remains and archaeological excavation, however, many archaeologists, Anglo-Saxon specialists and museum curators probably wish that they could be. Hansons Auctioneers recently announced it would be […]

    Published: March 4, 2019

Latest Publications

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    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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