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

  • Diploma in Law and Collections Management in Sydney

    We are happy to announce that the Institute of Art and Law will be running the Diploma in Law and Collections Management once again in Australia in 2017. This time, the week-long course will be held, with gracious support from the Australasian Registrars Committee, at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (formerly known as the […]

  • 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 […]

Latest News

  • Art Forgery Workshop in London

    Yesterday marked the second in a series of workshops on art crime entitled Art, Crime and Criminals: Painting Fresh Pictures of Art Theft, Fraud and Looting. This instalment was hosted at the Royal United Service Institute in Whitehall, London and focused on the issue of fakes, frauds and forgeries in the art world. The event, organised […]

    Published: January 17, 2017
  • Stik street art work raises £35,000 to save community arts centre

    Just to let everybody know that IAL friend Stik has managed to raise £35,000 for the Magpie Social Centre in Bristol through the sale of a street art piece, entitled ‘Magpie’. Stik had originally painted the piece on the wall of the building occupied by the Centre in 2009. The Centre is a community arts […]

    Published: December 20, 2016
  • Report on Conference for Safeguarding Cultural Heritage in Conflict Areas

    “A country is not recognised by its size on the map, but by its culture” Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova quoted His Highness the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, former President of the UAE at the International Conference for the Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage in Conflict Areas on 2nd and 3rd December […]

    Published: December 9, 2016

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