New IAL short course for Scotland – April 2024

Posted on: January 8, 2024 by

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 will cover many of the legal issues that are needed to better manage collections of art and cultural artefacts. Half the course will deal with intellectual property matters for collection managers, including issues relating to copyright, fair dealing, museum-specific exceptions and moral rights. The other half will focus on museum acquisitions, focusing on everything from legal ownership rules to international issues and ethical requirements. The course does not require any previous legal training

The course will be led by Alexander Herman (Director, IAL) and Emily Gould (Assistant Director, IAL). Participants will be awarded an IAL Certificate.

Cost: £600.00 (incl. VAT), with a 10% reduction for IAL or UKRG members.

If you would like to attend please contact Jo Crabtree at

Programme (subject to slight change)

Day One – Intellectual Property and Collections

  • 10.00 – Welcome and introduction to the course
  • 10.20 – An introduction to copyright for museum professionals
  • 11.20 – Break
  • 11.40 – Copyright duration
  • 12.15 – Case study on photographs of public domain visual works
  • 1.00 – Lunch
  • 2.00 – Copyright exceptions and collections management
  • 3.30 – Break
  • 3.50 – The moral rights of artists
  • 4.30 – NFTs and blockchain


Day Two – The Law and Ethics of Acquisitions and Disposals

  • 10.00 – Introduction to contract law and loan agreements
  • 11.45 – Break
  • 12.00 – Ownership of collection objects
  • 1.00 – Lunch
  • 2.00 – Laws affecting acquisition
  • 2.30 – Ethics of acquisition
  • 3.30 – Break
  • 3.50 – Laws affecting disposals
  • 3.50 – Ethics of disposals
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About Alexander Herman

Alexander is Director of the Institute of Art and Law. You can find him on Twitter @artlawalex and on LinkedIn. His two books 'The Parthenon Marbles Dispute – Heritage, Law Politics' and 'Restitution – The Return of Cultural Artefacts' are out now.