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 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.

Internationally recognised, IAL delivers, through its educational and publishing programmes, a depth of knowledge unrivalled elsewhere. To keep up to date on events, publications and art law news, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

IN MEMORIAM – Norman Palmer QC CBE

5 October 2016 – We are sad to announce that the Institute of Art & Law’s Academic Principal, Norman Palmer QC (Hon) CBE, has passed away. Norman was the guiding light of this organisation ever since its beginnings over twenty years ago. Along with his wife, Ruth Redmond-Cooper, he made the IAL what it is today. He provided countless hours of instruction to hundreds of students and will no doubt be sorely missed by all. His wisdom and intellectual curiosity led to the publication of foundational tomes, including Palmer on Bailment, Art Loans and Museums and the Holocaust, as well as dozens of articles in the area of art and cultural property law. For more, see here.

Upcoming Events

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    Brexit seminar to launch LL.M programme

    In order to launch the upcoming Art, Business and Law LL.M programme (commencing September 2017) that we are running in conjunction with Queen Mary, University of London, there will be a seminar and reception hosted by Clyde & Co in London on 23 January 2017. The seminar, which will run from 2:00 pm to 6:30 […]

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    Art, law and collections management in Ottawa

    The Institute of Art & Law is pleased to be offering a three-day course in conjunction with the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) and Library and Archives Canada on December 7 to 9, 2016 in Ottawa, Canada. The course aims to provide comprehensive training on art law and cultural property law, which will cover the legal […]

Latest News

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    Remembering Norman Palmer QC CBE

    For those who were not aware, there have been two major obituaries of our Academic Principle, Norman Palmer QC CBE, in the UK press. The first appeared in The Times on 3 November and the second appeared in The Guardian on 17 November. In addition, in order to remember his life, work and all the […]

    Published: December 6, 2016
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    In-house training at the V&A

    We are very happy to be delivering a tailored in-house training at the V&A Museum in London next week. The two-day course, open to V&A personnel only, will include instruction on museum ethics, property acquisition, conflict of laws in the cultural sector, immunity from seizure and the law of gift, bailment and loan. We look […]

    Published: November 25, 2016
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    IAL Seminar at Boodle Hatfield

    A very successful IAL seminar on Artists, their Rights and their Legacy was held at the London offices of Boodle Hatfield on Thursday, 17 November. The talks included two heartfelt accounts of what it’s like to be involved in a legal dispute from an artist’s perspective by artists Giulia Zaniol and Stik. This was then balanced out […]

    Published: November 18, 2016

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