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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    Planning Law and the Historic Environment – 16 August

    Along with 39 Essex Chambers in London, we are pleased to announce an exciting afternoon seminar called ‘Planning Law and the Historic Environment’ taking place on 16 August 2021. This unique event will bring together experts in planning from both legal practice and archaeology. Topics will include the recent Stonehenge Tunnel dispute, the importance of […]

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    Heritage & Sustainability seminar – 15 September

    We are pleased to be running an afternoon seminar on 15 September 2021 called ‘Heritage & Sustainability: Legal issues in protecting cultural and natural heritage for future generations’. This seminar will cover all the major issues that touch upon the legal issues affecting sustainability and the historic environment. Presentation titles to include: Safeguarding the world’s […]

  • 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 (titles subject to slight […]

Latest News

  • July issue of Art Antiquity and Law out now

    The July issue of Art Antiquity and Law has now gone to press and hard copies of the burgundy journal will soon be landing on doorsteps around the world, with digital copies finding their way to inboxes. For those interested in subscribing, please see here. This issue contains articles and case notes on a wide […]

    Published: July 27, 2021
  • New guidance from UK Government on money laundering risks for the art trade

    On 28th June, the UK Government published further guidance on the application of anti-money laundering (AML) rules to the UK art trade. As many readers will be aware, since January 2020, anti-money laundering regulations have applied to art market participants, or AMPs (traders or intermediaries involved in the sale or purchase of works of art […]

    Published: July 20, 2021
  • Whistler’s portrait and copyright in artistic works

    This month sees the opening of a major new exhibition of the work of the artist James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) at the Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow, which holds one of the largest Whistler collections in the world: Whistler: Art and Legacy (9 July-31 October 2021). In this blog, I reflect on how one painting by […]

    Published: July 15, 2021

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