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

  • Next IAL Study Forum – 25 September

    We are pleased to announce our next Study Forum, which will be a virtual event, on 25 September 2021. Like our earlier 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. Topics and speakers: ‘Recent cases before the […]

  • Diploma course for museum professionals

    Over the week of 11 to 15 October 2021, we will be running our Diploma in Law and Collections Management (DipLCM) course in online form. The course is open to all those who work in collections management (or related fields) at museums, galleries, libraries or archives. This course will cover areas as varied as IP management of collections, […]

  • 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

  • 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
  • Court decision on ‘technicality’ prevents claim over allegedly fake antiquity

    On 9 August a decision came down from the High Court of England and Wales that imparts an important lesson about limitation periods and related timelines for the service of proceedings. The decision also reveals useful information about a particular dispute over allegedly fake antiquities, showing just what happens when negotiations between buyer and seller […]

    Published: September 1, 2021
  • Stonehenge tunnel decision goes back to Secretary of State following Judicial Review

    The judgment granting judicial review of the Secretary of State for Transport’s decision to grant the Development Consent Order (DCO) for the tunnel bypass to replace the A303 which runs past Stonehenge is relatively old news as this is written, having been handed down on 30th July. However, the question of Stonehenge and its bypass […]

    Published: August 25, 2021

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