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Upcoming Events

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    Study Forum (New College, Oxford)

    The event will consist of a variety of talks from a number of different speakers, each covering a specific area related to art and cultural heritage law, including: Venue: New College, Oxford Date & Time: 28 July 2018, 9:45am to 5.30 pm Cost: £144 (incl. VAT) – 50% off for IAL members (and UKRG members) […]

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    Art & Taxation Afternoon Seminar (Swedenborg Society)

    This afternoon seminar on 7 June 2018 is being offered by the Institute of Art & Law with gracious support from Hunters Solicitors. It will focus on issues of taxation involving artworks and other cultural objects. What tax matters should collectors and dealers consider when putting together an art collection? What incentives exist regarding artworks […]

  • Diploma in IP and Collections running in June

    For the fifth year in a row, we will be running the Diploma course in Intellectual Property and Collections in London this June, from the 11th to the 13th. The course will cover all aspects of copyright, moral rights, copyright exceptions, IP management for museums, orphan works, artist resale rights and more. The course will […]

Latest News

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    Battles loom on the ivory front

    The controversy surrounding ivory and the restrictions imposed on its trade is certainly continuing to smoulder. As we reported a few weeks ago, the results of the UK Government’s consultation, and its proposals for a wide-ranging ban on ivory trade met with a mixed response. To add fuel to the fire, a dispute that has […]

    Published: May 17, 2018
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    Aboriginal Cultural Heritage: Legislative overhaul proposed in New South Wales, Australia

    Aboriginal cultural heritage law in New South Wales is facing its biggest reform in more than 40 years.  The State Government invited public comment and is currently considering submissions received on a draft bill to create a standalone Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act,[i] amid widespread agreement that legislative change is long overdue.[ii] Aboriginal and Torres Strait […]

    Published: May 13, 2018
  • UNESCO weighs in over potential billion-dollar shipwrecked treasure

    Last Friday, the UN cultural agency UNESCO called on Colombia not to exploit commercially the three centuries’ old wreck of the Spanish galleon, San Jose, hailed by some as “the holy grail of shipwrecks”. Reports suggest that the San Jose contains a cargo worth billions of dollars. Colombian authorities reportedly intend to recover the San […]

    Published: May 5, 2018

Latest Publications

  • Art Antiquity and Law: 2018 Annual Subscription (hard copy)

    Vol XXI, Issue 1, 2018 Articles Restitution of Cultural Heritage in the European Directives: Towards an Enlargement of the Concept of ‘Cultural Goods’ Marta González-Suárez What’s Yours Is Mine: The Richard Prince Enigma, Appropriation Art and the Law Maryam Parsioon Timbuktu, International Criminal Law and Cultural Heritage Protection Alexander Herman Cultural Heritage Protection and Disaster Risk Management […]

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    Artist’s Resale Right (Droit de Suite): UK Law and Practice [Third Edition]

    This new and revised third edition takes stock of over ten years’ experience of Artist’s Resale Right (ARR), also called Droit de Suite, in the UK. As well as offering updated guidance it also includes a commentary on recent European and international developments, and the impact of Brexit on ARR in the UK is also […]

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  • 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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