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Upcoming Events

  • Lecture and panel on Nazi-looted art

    On 13 September 2017, we will be co-hosting with Queen Mary, University of London a lecture by US attorney Nicholas O’Donnell of Sullivan & Worcester LLP, who will be in London promoting his new book, A Tragic Fate: Law and Ethics in the Battle over Nazi-Looted Art. The lecture will be followed by a panel, chaired […]

  • Art and Law training offered in partnership with V&A

    The IAL is happy to be partnering with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London to offer a two-day Art and Law training programme as part of the museum’s Learning Academy. The training will run on 7 and 8 September 2017 and is aimed at museum and gallery professionals, covering a number of legal issues […]

  • Scales of Justice

    DipAPLE course now begins October 2017

    We’re happy to announce that our Diploma in Art Profession Law and Ethics (DipAPLE) will once again be running this year, starting in October. This course will cover everything from copyright in art and moral rights for artists, to sales and commercial agreements in the art world, to the law of treasure and scheduled monuments. […]

Latest News

  • New Research Assistant position available at the IAL

    We are currently recruiting for a full-time, 12 month Research Assistant position at the IAL. The full specifications are available in pdf format and below. Salary to be discussed. Applications are due by 5.00 pm GMT on 30 September 2017. Please apply with a brief cover letter and CV to the email address listed below. […]

    Published: August 10, 2017
  • Combating heritage crime: the international perspective

    As promised in our post last week, having looked at developments in the fight against heritage crime in the UK, we’re now turning our attention to the international context. We were considering in particular a number of interesting developments across a range of disciplines: the law, military practice, technology and community engagement. As regards the […]

    Published: August 9, 2017
  • Combating heritage crime: recent developments in the UK and around the globe

    Rarely a day goes by, it seems, without another concerning and saddening story about cultural heritage destruction. Whether it is the devastation of ancient sites in war-ravaged states such as Syria, Libya or Yemen or the ruin of yet another village church in the UK through lead theft, the loss is felt far and wide, […]

    Published: July 31, 2017

Latest Publications

  • Protecting Cultural Objects: Before and After 1970

    by Patrick J. O’Keefe (2017) This book provides a comprehensive analysis not only of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, but of the historical background that led to the adoption of the Convention and of the ways in which […]

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  • Art Antiquity and Law: 2017 Annual Subscription

    Art Antiquity and Law is a quarterly law journal, now in its 22nd year, with issues appearing in April, July, October and December. Paid subscriptions are available and free subscriptions come with membership to the Institute of Art & Law.

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  • Art, Adventure and Advocacy

    (2015)  In this volume, distinguished art lawyer Professor Norman Palmer gives a bird’s eye view of contemporary issues in art claims and litigation. He outlines the legal machinery driving the cross-border movement of cultural objects and explores the title questions that come to light when art travels globally.

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