Institute of Art & Law

Internationally recognised source of knowledge on art and cultural heritage law

Upcoming Events

  • Art and insolvency seminar

    18 July 2017 – What happens when an individual or a corporate entity holding an important art collection is faced with insolvency? Can the collection be protected – or even saved for the nation? Or must it be sold off and dispersed to satisfy the insolvent’s creditors? While situations of insolvency are never hoped for, […]

  • 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

  • Public domain and the internet

    A number of issues arise when we use images of artistic works online. Here, I am referring to copyright and to the specific treatment of images of older works that may – or may not – have fallen into the public domain. Of course, once copyright has expired in a work, that work will enter the public […]

    Published: May 24, 2017
  • New Convention to tackle cultural property crime

    Tomorrow (Friday 19th May), a new convention intended to tackle international cultural property crime will be opened for signature by the Council of Europe (the ‘CoE’, Europe’s leading human rights organisation, including 47 member states, set up to promote democracy and protect human rights and the rule of law in Europe; not to be confused with […]

    Published: May 18, 2017
  • Welsh Base Camp challenge in memory of Norman Palmer

    A friend Debbie Hicks is undertaking a massive cycling challenge in memory of former IAL Academic Principal Norman Palmer. Debbie will be cycling for three days this June from one tip of Wales to the other, along the way climbing its three tallest peaks, Snowden, Cadair Idris and Pen Y Fan. The total height of these three mountains is […]

    Published: May 17, 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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