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

  • Resolving Restitution Disputes – 27 September 2022

    ‘Resolving Restitution Disputes: Process, reconciliation and creativity’ is a major seminar covering Holocaust and colonial-era restitution cases. The seminar will focus on the practicalities of reaching outcomes acceptable to the parties involved, whether that involves negotiation or external processes like mediation. The event is being run in partnership with Keystone Law. The keynote address will be given […]

  • 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. Confirmed topics will […]

  • 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 […]

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

  • Arts Council England releases new guidance for museums on restitution and repatriation

    Today, Arts Council England released its guidance on restitution and repatriation for English museums. Restitution and Repatriation: A Practical Guide for Museums in England offers guidelines, best practice and case studies for the museum sector, helping institutions act appropriately and considerately in the context of claims for the return of collection objects. It replaces previous […]

    Published: August 5, 2022
  • Return to donor: Tate to deaccession Bacon archive

    The Tate is to take the unusual step of deaccessioning from its collection and returning to the donor material from the studio of Francis Bacon, once described as the Tate Archive’s most important acquisition ever and suggested to be worth around £20m. The Tate is one of a number of UK National Museums governed by national legislation, whose […]

    Published: July 20, 2022
  • Benin Bronzes Joint Declaration signed between Germany and Nigeria… but what about the UK?

    At the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin on Friday, a joint declaration on the return of the Benin Bronzes was signed by Germany’s Foreign Minister and Commissioner for Culture and Media, and by Nigeria’s Minister of Culture and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. By all accounts, it was an emotional occasion. ‘Today we have […]

    Published: July 5, 2022

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