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

  • 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

  • ‘Limitations on Collections: Whistler, Wallace and Burrell’ at the Hunterian in Glasgow

    We are delighted to announce a roundtable discussion led by Steph Scholten, Director of the Hunterian, Glasgow, exploring historical limitations on the use of museum collections and the ethics of change, to take place on-line TONIGHT (Tuesday 19 October 2021), from 6pm to 7pm UK time. A full synopsis and link for registration can be […]

    Published: October 19, 2021
  • Restitution – what’s really going on?

    This piece first appeared on The Art Newspaper website on 28 September 2021. *** Much is happening in the global debate over the rightful place of cultural objects. Not a week goes by, it seems, without an important return being announced. Last week it was the return at a ceremony in Washington DC of the ancient […]

    Published: September 30, 2021
  • Anglo-Saxon brooch returned to local museum after more than a quarter century

    All too often in the field of art law we read about looting, destruction and loss, heritage subjected to risks and threats the world over. It sometimes feels like happy endings are rarer than hens’ teeth. Even less common, perhaps, are art world stories which have a very personal resonance. However, a story which came […]

    Published: September 23, 2021

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