The Institute of Art and Law is an educational organisation, founded in 1995, giving knowledge and perspective on the law relating to cultural heritage, a concept which includes art, antiquities, archives, archaeology, architecture, monuments, treasure and much more.  IAL’s educational remit is fulfilled through publishing and courses. It convenes distance learning and intensive courses (both public and in-house) on art and museums law, as well as seminars, study groups and conferences in the United Kingdom and abroad. It also publishes monographs and commentaries on all aspects of the law relating to cultural heritage, in addition to a quarterly periodical, Art Antiquity and Law, now in its twenty-second year.

Ruth Redmond-Cooper

Ruth Redmond-Cooper is the founding Director of the Institute of Art and Law. She holds degrees in law from the Universities of Kent, Bristol and Paris-Sud and has lectured at several universities, including Leicester, Nottingham, Tasmania, Dokkyo (Japan), Paris-Sud and Essex. Ruth has written articles and presented papers at conferences on a range of art-law areas, and, in addition to editing the books published by the Institute of Art and Law, is Editor of the quarterly journal Art Antiquity and Law.

Alexander Herman

Alexander Herman is the Assistant Director of the Institute of Art and Law. He also oversees the academic content and assessment procedure for the Institute’s academic programmes, including for classroom and distance learning courses (which include the Foundation Certificate in Art Law and the Diploma in Art Law). He has written, taught and presented on an array of topics in relation to art and cultural property, including on international conventions, copyright, digitisation, museum practice, looted art, exports, private arbitration and the legal implications of art collecting. He is trained in both common law and civil law legal systems and has practised law in Canada in a dual-language environment (English-French).

Emily Gould


Emily Gould is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Art and Law. Emily entered the legal profession after studying history at Cambridge University. After working with the IAL for a year in 1997-8, she trained as a solicitor, initially working in private practice as an intellectual property lawyer with a US firm then moving in-house as counsel for a global pharmaceutical company. After a period working in the charity sector in grants fundraising and management, she returned to the IAL in her current full time position. She writes, teaches and presents on a range of areas pertaining to art and cultural heritage law including copyright, heritage crime, museum ethics and contracts.

Andrew Swait

Andrew Swait

Andrew Swait is Development Assistant at the Institute of Art and Law.  Andrew is in his final year at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and Chair of the Courtauld Institute Law Society. He completed the Sotheby’s course ‘Art & Finance in a Global Market’ in 2014 and the ‘Diploma in Intellectual Property & Collections’ with IAL in 2015.   His role with IAL is in assisting with development online and in collaboration with other institutions. In 2016 Andrew coordinated the ‘Institute of Art Law DipAPLE’ (Diploma in Art Profession Law and Ethics) that took place in partnership with the Courtauld Institute. He will be pursuing a Graduate Diploma in Law this year.

IN MEMORIAM – Professor Norman Palmer QC CBE

Professor Norman Palmer QC, CBE was Academic Principal of the Institute of Art and Law until he passed away in October 2016. He was a practising barrister with an international practice in all areas of the law relating to art and antiquities. He was Chair of the Treasure Valuation Committee, of the Illicit Trade Advisory Panel and of the Working Group on Human Remains, and a longstanding member of the Spoliation Advisory Panel. He represented the United Kingdom on international committees responsible for developing principles governing cross-border transactions in cultural property, and he advised governments across the world on cultural property law. He was the author of Museums and the Holocaust and of Palmer on Bailment (3rd edition), as well as numerous articles in a wide range of academic and practitioner periodicals. He will be sorely missed. For more, see here.