Institute of Art & Law

The Institute of Art and Law is an educational organisation giving knowledge and perspective on the law relating to cultural heritage a concept which includes art, antiquities, archives, archaeology, architecture, monuments, treasure and much, much more.  IAL’s educational remit is fulfilled through publishing and courses. It convenes distance learning and intensive courses (both public and in-house) on art and museums law, as well as seminars, study groups and conferences in the United Kingdom and abroad. It also publishes monographs and commentaries on all aspects of the law relating to cultural heritage, in addition to a quarterly periodical, Art Antiquity and Law, now in its twentieth year.

The law of cultural heritage is a wide remit: it encompasses a vast range of subject matter, from copyright and art theft, to protection of buried treasure and shipwrecks, return of human remains from museum collections, restitution of illegally exported antiquities and art wrongfully taken in time of war including Holocaust-looted, archives and religious objects, through to planning regulations protecting listed buildings and scheduled monuments, and the organisation of international blockbuster exhibitions.

Internationally recognised, IAL delivers, through its educational and publishing programmes, a depth of knowledge unrivalled elsewhere.

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Upcoming Events

  • Study Forum

    8th October 2016 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (please arrive by 9.45 for registration) Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, SW1Y 4HG, London Topics to include: war and cultural heritage, underwater finds, art insurance, Nazi-looted art, art recovery and more. Speakers confirmed: Sir Derek Plumbly (former British Ambassador to Egypt and Lebanon), Tony Baumgartner (partner, Clyde […]

  • Artists, their work and their legacy

    The legal issues of managing an artistic oeuvre 17th November 2016 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm, followed by a reception Hosted by Boodle Hatfield LLP Topics to include: artists’ rights, street art, artists’ estates Speakers to include: Tim Maxwell (partner, Boodle Hatfield), Natasha Hassall (partner, Boodle Hatfield), Rudy Capildeo (Boodle Hatfield), Stik (street artist) – […]

  • Diploma in Art Profession Law and Ethics

    The next intense five-day long version of the course will be held in London in the week commencing 26th September 2016. Please see below if you would like to register. Course Description An intensive, interactive course from the Institute of Art and Law designed to introduce both art professionals and lawyers to the specific legal […]

Latest News

  • Courtauld course begins Monday

    We’re happy to be providing, for the first time, our Diploma in Art Profession Law and Ethics at the Courtauld Institute starting Monday, 26 September. This course, run in conjunction with the Courtauld Institute Law Society, will be an intensive five-day run-through of everything from artists’ rights and copyright to art theft and restitution, including […]

    Published: September 23, 2016
  • Two more Indian artefacts returned by Australia

    Following on from the return of the Shiva Nataraja idol from the National Gallery of Australia in 2014, two more Indian artefacts are now set to be restituted by the same institution to their country of origin. These are the sculptures ‘Goddess Pratyangira’ and ‘Worshippers of the Buddha’, both purchased by the gallery in 2005 […]

    Published: September 21, 2016
  • Tackling threats to the historic environment from metal theft

    A fascinating and extremely productive day was had by all those attending the Heritage Crime Workshop organised by Historic England and Leicestershire Police last Friday (9th September). The topic was the theft of metal from historic sites and buildings. Delegates ranged from enforcement officers to representatives from the church, experts from heritage organisations and leading […]

    Published: September 13, 2016

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