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 as Security: Upcoming seminar on art as collateral for loans

    We are pleased to announce that, in association with the law firm Fladgate LLP, we will be hosting an exciting afternoon seminar on the highly topical subject of art collateralisation: ‘Art as Security: Using art as collateral for loans’. Taking place on 20 May 2021, from 2 pm to 5 pm, the event will continue in […]

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    Diploma in Art Profession Law & Ethics 2021

    We are pleased to announce that our Diploma in Art Profession Law and Ethics (DipAPLE) is running once again between June and December 2021. This intensive, interactive course – now online – is designed to introduce both art professionals and lawyers to the specific legal risks and safeguards that underpin all art transactions. It covers […]

  • Diploma in IP and Collections – June

    We will be running one of our popular courses, the Diploma course in Intellectual Property and Collections in June, from the 23rd to the 25th. The course will cover all aspects of copyright, moral rights, copyright exceptions, IP management for museums, orphan works, artist resale rights and more. It will be run online, via Zoom, from […]

Latest News

  • The Benin Bronzes – recent developments

    In mid-March this year, the German government announced that it was close to finalising plans to return to Nigeria Benin Bronzes from around 25 of its museums. The statement was swiftly followed by news of proposed returns from corners of the globe as disparate as Aberdeen and  California. Developments were also in evidence in the […]

    Published: May 7, 2021
  • Copyright in America

    Every so often, we take a peek at the copyright situation in the USA. There are many reasons for this. Stateside, art and copyright cases are more plentiful than in the UK (and much of the world), perhaps because there is more at stake financially or simply because the culture is more litigious. Additionally, the […]

    Published: April 20, 2021
  • An art market without rules? The new Freeport opportunity in the UK

    “Our clients choose us because we have no priority above their property,” remarks the guide touring Robert Pattinson and John David Washington’s characters through a freeport in Christopher Nolan’s 2020 thriller Tenet. The underground vaults they are walking through are alluringly filled with artworks that give subtle hints at Impressionist and Abstract Expressionist masterpieces. These two characters […]

    Published: April 15, 2021

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