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Upcoming Events

  • 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

  • An important step towards asserting graffiti artists’ rights

    A recent finding of a jury in a Federal District Court in Brooklyn, New York City,[1] has opened the door for greater protection for graffiti artists. At the core of disputes between graffiti artists and the real property owners their works adorn often lies the age-old debate as to whose property rights prevail: those of […]

    Published: November 21, 2017
  • Gurlitt art collection at last goes on display in Germany and Switzerland

    The world was astonished in 2013, when the German government disclosed the discovery of an unprecedented trove of art works in Munich.  The presumptive owner, Cornelius Gurlitt, who was nearly 80 when he died, had never worked, never had a bank account, nor social security or insurance.  He was a recluse with no known friends or […]

    Published: November 20, 2017
  • 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

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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