Diploma in Art Law

This distance learning course provides specialist knowledge of the main aspects of the law pertaining to the world of art and relevant comparative law, together with international and EU legislation. Modules will cover topics including artists’ rights, bailment, recovery of stolen and looted art, repatriation of art and artefacts, auctions and taxation.

    By the end of the course you will:

  • have a thorough understanding of how the rules of the common law apply to art and antiquities transactions;
  • be familiar with the relevant legislation of England and Wales, together with the most significant statutes from other jurisdictions;
  • understand the operation and interaction of international conventions relating to the protection of cultural heritage.

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When

This course is offered throughout the year on rolling admissions.

Where

This is a distance learning course that can be completed from your location.

Requirements

This course is designed for practising and academic lawyers wishing to further their knowledge of the law relating to art and antiquities transactions.

You should possess a minimum of LL.B. (or equivalent) in English Law or the equivalent from a university or law faculty of a common law jurisdiction. Students from countries which do not have a common law legal system should also have successfully completed the Preparatory Certificate in Art Law (for overseas lawyers), or be able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Institute of Art and Law that their knowledge and understanding of the Common Law is sufficient to follow the course.

Assessments

The course is assessed through on-going short questions which are completed at the end of each module. There will also be three pieces of written coursework for formal assessment (each 3,000 words in length) that can be completed in your own time.

Teaching

The principal mode of tuition will be self-study. Each module is supplied electronically and is designed to be fully comprehensive, containing a variety of materials, including:

  • Commentary on each subject area
  • Relevant statutory provisions
  • Published literature on the relevant subject area
  • Series of brief self-assessment questions

You will also be invited to attend occasional Saturday study forums in London (2-4 times per year) at which you will have the opportunity to discuss important aspects of the course.

Fees

The cost of the course is £2,300 + VAT (total £2,760).

The cost of all teaching materials and tuition at study forums is included in the course fees. A limited number of bursaries are available to offset some of the costs of the diploma. For more information, contact jo.crabtree@nullial.uk.com.

Endorsements

“I have really enjoyed [the course] and learnt so much and I often refer to the materials in my day-to-day work. I always recommend it to budding art lawyers!” (Becky Shaw, Associate, Boodle Hatfield LLP)

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course and can only thank you for your help and input.” (Vivian Haines, Principal, Stonehage Fleming Law Limited)

Programme

    The course is organised in ten modules, each addressing key areas of English Law of particular relevance to those who transact in art. Modules include:
  • International Conventions and Private International Law
  • Artists’ Rights (including copyright, moral rights and artist’s resale right)
  • Bailment and Art Loans
  • Recovery of Stolen and Looted Art
  • Limitation of Actions
  • Repatriation of Art and Artefacts; Codes and Ethics
  • Museums and Bequests
  • Sites, Monuments, Treasure and Finds
  • Auctions
  • Taxation

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To apply please download the application form. Once completed, please return the form to jo.crabtree@nullial.uk.com