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

  • From Scotland to the World – April 2024

    The Institute of Art and Law, CREATe (University of Glasgow) and The Hunterian (University of Glasgow) are delighted to announce their collaboration in convening two events to take place in Glasgow on 18 and 19 April 2024 under one overarching theme, From Scotland to the World.   FIRST EVENT – Donor Restrictions on Galleries and […]

  • New IAL short course for Scotland – April 2024

    Location: Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen St, Edinburgh Dates: 15 and 16 April 2024 Time: 10.00 to 5.00 pm each day For the first time in five years, the IAL will be offering a special two-day Scottish-themed course in Edinburgh, taking place in April 2024. It is intended for museum and gallery professionals and […]

  • Diploma in IP and Collections – July 2024

    We will be running one of our popular courses, the Diploma course in Intellectual Property and Collections in July, from the 10th to the 12th. The course will cover all aspects of copyright, moral rights, copyright exceptions, IP management for museums, orphan works, artist resale rights, NFTS and more. It will be run online, via Zoom, […]

Art Business & Law LLM

  • Art, Business and Law LLM

    This unique Masters in Law Programme (LLM) is offered 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

  • A Step Toward Fencing in Aberrant Artistic Appropriation

    On 25 January, 2024, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York entered judgements against appropriation artist Richard Prince and his co‑defendants Laurence Gagosian, the Gagosian Gallery and Blum & Poe Gallery. The cases are Graham v. Prince et al (15 cv 10160) and McNatt v. Prince et al (16 cv 08896). […]

    Published: February 19, 2024
  • Bonaire v. Netherlands: Climate Change Impacts on Island Communities’ Cultural Heritage Before Dutch Courts

    Seven residents and Dutch nationals of Bonaire, a Dutch special municipality in the southern Caribbean, have launched, together with Greenpeace Netherlands, a legal action against the Dutch government over its failure to protect the Islanders against climate change impacts. Based on the right to life (Article 2) and the right to respect for private and […]

    Published: February 12, 2024
  • Steamboat Willie’s Mickey Mouse Has Entered the Public Domain: The End of a Copyrighted Era

    When the clock struck midnight on the first day of 2024, one of the most anticipated Public Domain Days was finally reached and the first iteration of Mickey Mouse was released into the public domain in the US. This meant that, after 95 years and several changes in the US copyright regime, the first ever […]

    Published: February 5, 2024

Latest Publications

  • Art Antiquity and Law: 2024 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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  • The Parthenon Marbles Dispute by Alexander Herman (Art Law Library)

    In this new book, Institute of Art and Law Director Alexander Herman provides a balanced, thorough and critical account of the history of the Parthenon Marbles, those famous pieces of ancient sculpture removed from the Acropolis in Athens by Lord Elgin’s men in the early 19th century. He also addresses the legalities of their removal and the ethics of their retention by the British Museum.

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  • Art Antiquity and Law: 2023 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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