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Upcoming Events

  • Study Forum in London – 18 November 2017

    On Saturday 18th November 2017 we will be holding an all-day study forum in London, running 9.45 am – 5pm. The event will be hosted at Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, SW1Y 4HG, and will consist of a variety of talks from a number of different speakers.

  • Scales of Justice

    Next DipAPLE class on restitution on 2 December

    Our Diploma in Art Profession Law and Ethics (DipAPLE), which is once again running this year, began in October. This course covers 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. The course runs over seven months, […]

  • Art, Business and Law LLM

    This unique Masters in Law Programme (LLM) is running 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. The […]

Latest News

  • Last-minute development in Berkshire deaccession dispute

    The Sotheby’s sale of the Berkshire Museum’s artworks, scheduled for the 13th of November, has now been put on hold following the Massachusetts Appeal Court’s decision reversing the previous judgment by the Superior Court, which had cleared the way for the sale. On Friday the 10th of November, the Court of Appeals granted the Attorney […]

    Published: November 13, 2017
  • Berkshire decision: Rockwell sales to proceed

    Judge John J. Agostini of the Pittsfield Superior Court gave his decision on Tuesday in the widely publicised deaccession case brought by the sons of Rockwell and others against the Berkshire Museum. As a brief reminder, the Berkshire Museum’s financial situation had been bleak for many years and wealthy donors had all but disappeared.  The […]

    Published: November 9, 2017
  • Hearing in the Berkshire Museum deaccession case

    On 1st November, Judge John Agostini, presiding over the Pittsfield Court remarked that people “don’t often see a large crowd here,” but a large crowd had indeed gathered that day. As previously discussed, the case before him involved two separate hearings for preliminary restraining orders against the Berkshire Museum and its Trustees to stop the sale of a […]

    Published: November 3, 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

    The April 2017 issue of Art Antiquity and Law has been released and includes articles on the role of trusts in cultural property claims, the restitution of art collections, treating human remains as heritage and the links between law and other artistic pursuits. Two useful case notes, one on art dealer agency relationships and the other […]

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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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