Institute of Art & Law

Internationally recognised source of knowledge on art and cultural heritage law

Upcoming Events

  • 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 […]

  • DipAPLE course begins September 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 September. 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. […]

  • Diploma course for museum professionals in October

    Over the week of 16 to 20 October 2017, we will be running our Diploma in Law and Collections Management (DipLCM) course in London. This course, which ran most recently in Sydney, Australia in March, will be open to all those who work in collections management (or related fields) at museums, galleries, libraries or archives. This course will cover […]

Latest News

  • Art and insolvency seminar in London

    Yesterday, the IAL held a successful afternoon seminar on art and insolvency at the London offices of Lipman Karas LLP. This area doesn’t get talked about often, so we felt the time was right to begin an examination of what can happen to works of art when the company or individual that owns them becomes […]

    Published: July 19, 2017
  • Two recent antiquities cases in the US

    A warning for museums? There have been two interesting recent developments relating to antiquities: one regarding allegedly looted antiquities, the other regarding artefacts at the centre of a legal storm that has been brewing for some 15 years; both involve the United States of America. The first is the action brought by US District Attorneys […]

    Published: July 7, 2017
  • Destruction of the Mosul mosque and the challenges of international law

    Yesterday, during what appears to be the near-conclusion of the battle for Mosul in Iraq, Iraqi forces moved further into the centre of the old town and, as they did, came across the ruins of the famed al-Nuri Mosque. The 12th century mosque, the same holy site where the ISIS caliphate had been proclaimed in […]

    Published: June 30, 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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