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Upcoming Events

  • Scales of Justice

    DipAPLE course now begins October 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 October. 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 […]

  • Art, Business and Law LLM

    This unique Masters in Law Programme (LLM) will be run in partnership between the Institute of Art and Law and the Centre of Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary, University of London. The programme will cover every major legal area affecting the art market and arts management and is ideal for practitioners in this field. […]

Latest News

  • Nazi-looted art lecture by Nicholas O’Donnell

    Along with the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, we were happy to host US attorney Nicholas O’Donnell last night for a talk on Nazi-looted art and the ongoing attempts at reclaiming lost works from museums and private collections in the US. Nicholas was in London promoting his new book, […]

    Published: September 14, 2017
  • Evidencing threats to heritage in conflict zones

    “Scientists shoot rocks!” This was the opening line of a fascinating discussion exploring innovative methods of evidencing the destruction of cultural heritage in conflict zones held at the V&A last Friday evening (8 September). The event was part of the V&A’s ‘Culture in Crisis’ programme which seeks to raise awareness of the need to protect […]

    Published: September 11, 2017
  • Gold Coins

    Commentary on prosecution of UK man for antiquities smuggling

    A UK man, Toby Robyns, was apprehended ten days ago by Turkish authorities, as he tried to leave Turkey with a dozen coins. He had found the coins with his children on the seabed while snorkelling. He is still in prison, awaiting a decision by the Turkish courts. Our Assistant Director, Alexander Herman, was interviewed […]

    Published: August 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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