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Upcoming Events

  • Art Transactions Afternoon Seminar

    This afternoon seminar is being offered by the Institute of Art & Law (IAL) with gracious support from Hunters Solicitors. It will focus on transactions involving artworks and other cultural objects. What should buyers and sellers of art always look out for? What laws govern art transactions in the UK? What contractual terms should be […]

  • Scales of Justice

    Next DipAPLE class on restitution on 6 January

    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

  • Ancient crown to be returned to Turkey in out-of-court settlement

    A golden crown dating from the fourth-century BC will be returned to Turkey following an out-of-court settlement between a Turkish national residing in Scotland and the Government of Turkey. The crown, reported to have been valued at £250,000, was in the possession of Edinburgh café owner Murat Aksakalli, who claimed to have inherited it from […]

    Published: December 12, 2017
  • New York seizure of a “recovered” Persian artefact

    Last month, on the 21st of October, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office (along with local police) seized an ancient Achaemenid Persian bas-relief from the European Fine Art Fair at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. The item was being offered for sale by the London-based art dealer Robert Wace for roughly $1.2 million. The […]

    Published: November 28, 2017
  • IAL training course for Qatar Museums

    The Institute of Art & Law was in Doha, Qatar last week providing an in-house training course on art, law and collections management for Qatar Museums, the governmental body that oversees the state-owned museums in the small Persian Gulf state. The course included one day on intellectual property and collections, another on contracts, acquisitions and […]

    Published: November 24, 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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