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!

Upcoming Events

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    The Restitution Dialogues conference series

    The Institute of Art & Law is happy to be a part of the team putting on a three-part conference series over the next two years, The Restitution Dialogues: A Transnational Conversation on Cultural Loss, Return and Renewal. The series involves a conference in Tel Aviv, Israel in December 2019 (complete), followed by one in Toronto, […]

  • 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

  • Arts Council England appoints IAL to develop new guidance on restitution and repatriation

    On Monday 16 March, Arts Council England announced the appointment of the Institute of Art and Law (IAL) to develop new guidance for museums on the restitution and repatriation of cultural objects. The guidance, which will be published in Autumn 2020, will aim to encourage a more proactive and coordinated approach across UK museums by […]

    Published: March 19, 2020
  • A final judgment? Court of Appeal rules in favour of the Ivory Act 2018

    We have been following the debate over the UK’s position on ivory on the IAL blog over the past few years. The latest development has seen the Court of Appeal uphold the decision of the High Court, finding the Ivory Act 2018 to be lawful. What does this mean for the future of the ivory […]

    Published: June 5, 2020
  • What is a listed building? The Supreme Court provides clarity

    The IAL has been closely following the case of Mr Dill and the two lead urns in its passage through the courts over the past two years. Mr Dill sold the urns in 2009 without knowing that they were individually listed and therefore their removal required listed building consent. Having lost at the High Court […]

    Published: June 4, 2020
  • Measured Relaxation of AAMD Restrictions Provides Some Flexibility for US Museums Navigating COVID Impacts

    Approximately one month ago, the Association of American Museum Directors (AAMD) announced that its Board of Trustees had passed a series of resolutions relaxing certain restrictions on its member institutions. For a 24-month period, AAMD will not sanction or censure member institutions who, for general operating expenses, draw on the following sources: Income (but not […]

    Published: May 29, 2020

Latest Publications

  • Art Antiquity and Law: 2020 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: 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 Journal 2018

    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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