Distance Learning and Seminar-Based Courses

The Institute of Art and Law offers the possibility to study via distance learning (see below, the Foundation Certificate in Art Law and the Diploma in Art Law), and also through interactive, seminar-based courses (the Diploma in Art Profession Law and Ethics, the Diploma in Law and Collections Management and the Diploma in Intellectual Property and Collections)

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Distance Learning Programmes

The Institute of Art and Law offers a number of possibilities for studying by distance learning. All courses comprise a series of comprehensive, self-teaching packs each of which contains a detailed commentary on an aspect of art and heritage law, relevant statutory materials, case summaries and further reading in the form of academic literature.

Studies can begin as soon as an applicant has been accepted onto an Institute of Art and Law Distance Learning programme. Processing of applications usually takes about three to four weeks, depending on how quickly we receive a reply from your referees.

All courses may be undertaken at your own pace: if you find that work commitments mean that study becomes difficult, or even impossible for a while, you can suspend the course for a while. Alternatively, if you find that you have extra time available (if things ‘go quiet’ over the summer, for example) you may be able to complete the course more quickly.

Foundation Certificate in Art Law

This unique course is designed for those who work in the art and antiquities domains but who do not possess formal qualifications. The ten-module, one-year course provides an introduction to all the common law legal concepts necessary for day-to-day transactions in this area. The modules studied include Criminal Law (including theft, forgery, money laundering); Tort (including conversion, negligence and trespass to goods); Contract; Treasure; International Conventions (including UNIDROIT and the 1970 UNESCO Convention); Artists’ Rights (including copyright, droit de suite and moral rights); Sale of Goods and Auctions.

Preparatory Certificate in Art Law

This course is designed for lawyers qualified in civil law systems, but who need to understand the workings of the common law system. Six core modules are studied: Introduction to the English Legal System; Contract; Tort; Criminal Law; Sale of Goods and Auctions; Charities and Trusts.

This unique course will introduce overseas lawyers to the fundamental branches of the common law relating to art and antiquities, and will provide them with a firm grounding in these areas, enabling them to understand the principles applied to art and antiquities transactions throughout the common law world.

Diploma in Art Law

The third distance learning course is designed for lawyers qualified in common law systems, and for those who have successfully completed the Preparatory Certificate. It will concentrate on a number of aspects of law vital to international art transactions, including International Conventions; Underwater Archaeology; Insurance; Bailment; Treasure and Finds; Sites and Monuments.

Please click on the links above for information and syllabus of each individual course.

The normal duration of the Foundation Certificate and Diploma in Art Law courses is 12 months and the duration of the Preparatory Certificate in Art Law Course is six months. Most of the teaching is done on a self-study basis.

All course fees are due prior to the commencement of the course unless otherwise agreed. However payment by instalments may be arranged: please contact us for further details.

Seminar-Based Courses

The Diploma in Art Professional Law and Ethics (DipAPLE)

This is an intensive, interactive course designed to introduce both art professionals and lawyers to the specific legal risks and safeguards that underpin all art transactions. It covers buying and selling, lending and borrowing, donating and accepting, disposing and giving away. It teaches how to avoid legal trouble and how to get the legal advantage.

The Diploma in Law and Collections Management (DipLCM)

Diligent management of collections and claims is vital to museum professionals. No project can be secure unless its architects know how to predict and intercept legal conflict. The risk of such conflict hangs over the entire field of museum activity from acquisitions to loans to de-accessions. It is common throughout the global museum community. In all these fields there is a rising demand for realistic training in hands-on legal management.
The course has been designed for museum administrators and officials and provides a specifically modelled training programme offering expertise in the legal issues of collections management. The key emphasis will be on the practical and pragmatic use of legal tools to improve the running and development of museums, their collections and their collaborative exhibition programmes. Legal rules and resources will be examined, not in terms of abstract theory, but in terms of what they mean to everyday museum management, how they can be used and what they can do for the museum community.

The Diploma in Intellectual Property and Collections (DipIPC)

This is a three-day Diploma course focused on Intellectual Property for the benefit of museum professionals. Intellectual Property (IP) is of increasing importance to all those working in the museum world, especially in the digital age. Many questions arise: What is IP? How can a museum protect its IP? What new challenges do museums with IP face in the 21st century? What can I do if IP rights are being infringed? The purpose of this course is to provide answers to these questions and more.

In-House Training Courses

The Institute of Art and Law is now offering expert in-house training courses for museums, auction houses, law firms and insurance companies. The training courses last two or three days and cover the essential areas of law that affect the day-to-day practice of professionals in this field. This will help your organisation get up to the mark in this very complex area. The sessions cover acquisition, ownership, loans, gifts, intellectual property, imports, exports, immunity from seizure and restitution or repatriation. They can be specifically catered to the needs of each institution. Upon completion, attendees will receive an IAL Certificate.