Latest IAL News

New Research Assistant position available at the IAL

Posted on: August 10, 2017 by Alexander Herman

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. […]

Combating heritage crime: the international perspective

Posted on: August 9, 2017 by Emily Gould

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 […]

Combating heritage crime: recent developments in the UK and around the globe

Posted on: July 31, 2017 by Emily Gould

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, […]

New IFAR Provenance Guide

Posted on: July 28, 2017 by Hélène Deslauriers

The International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR) has recently published a Provenance Guide. As set out in the Introduction to the Guide, provenance had historically concerned the attribution and authenticity of a work. The recent wave of claims by Nazi Holocaust survivors, or their heirs, as well as the threat of illegal exports from foreign source […]

Art and insolvency seminar in London

Posted on: July 19, 2017 by Alexander Herman

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 […]

Two recent antiquities cases in the US

Posted on: July 7, 2017 by Alexander Herman

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 […]

Destruction of the Mosul mosque and the challenges of international law

Posted on: June 30, 2017 by Alexander Herman

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 […]

Public domain and the internet

Posted on: May 24, 2017 by Alexander Herman

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 […]

New Convention to tackle cultural property crime

Posted on: May 18, 2017 by Emily Gould

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 […]

Welsh Base Camp challenge in memory of Norman Palmer

Posted on: May 17, 2017 by Alexander Herman

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 […]