Art Law Courses and Programs Worldwide

International

CIPAC Federation des Professionnels de l’art contemporain/Federation of Contemporary Art Professionals: “La gestion et la vente d’œuvres d’art s’inscrivent dans un environnement administratif complexe. Quelles sont les obligations liées au marché de l’art et à la TVA ? Comment gérer la circulation et l’exportation des œuvres. Mieux connaître le statut des artistes afin de maîtriser les obligations sociales. Quels documents établir avec les fournisseurs, les partenaires et les clients. Cette formation permet de maîtriser les obligations fiscales et les modalités administratives d’une galerie d’art.” Paris, France.

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Christie’s Education/MA in Art, Law and Business: Described as “an intensive 15-month Master’s (MSc) designed to give you unrivalled access to the art market. It is a programme that explores the important ethical and legal aspects of working in the commercial art world at the same time as giving you the opportunity to study the History of Art.” MSc Art, Law and Business £32,000. London, UK.

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Institute of Art and Law: “The Institute of Art and Law is an educational organization giving knowledge and perspective to all involved in the worlds of art, antiquities and law.  IAL runs distance learning and intensive courses on art and museums law, as well as convening seminars, study groups and conferences both in the United Kingdom and abroad. It also publishes books on all aspects of the law relating to art and antiquities, together with a quarterly periodical, Art Antiquity and Law, now in its eighteenth year.” UK.

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Sotheby’s Institute of Art: Art Law This course provides “an understanding of the key legal and practical issues to consider when buying, selling and owning art. The areas where disputes most often occur are identified alongside the way in which risks can be minimised or eliminated. The course addresses important issues such as pre-acquisition due diligence, provenance and title in works of art, as well as the legal challenges in trade and ownership, such as contractual disputes, cross border trade issues and intellectual property rights.” USA/UK.

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University of Geneve: Art Law Center (Marc-André Renold) The goal of the Art-Law Centre is to promote and coordinate research and work on the most current questions of art law; it follows an interdisciplinary approach to the subject by including people from both the art world and the legal world. Geneva, Switzerland.

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New York Law Schools

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (NY/Sandra Cobden) Cardozo Art Law Field Clinic (est. 2012), “offers students connections with the most vibrant art center in the world. Cardozo students work at the Whitney Museum, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Christie’s Auction House and other NYC Arts firms.”

Brooklyn Law School (NY/Beryl Jones-Woodin) Art Law Seminar at Brooklyn Law is designed “to introduce students to advanced problems in art law and related drafting issues. The class will study the ways in which the law regulates the creation of art, the cultural implications of art and the art market. Areas that will be considered include moral rights, fair use, museum law, cultural property law and rights of privacy.”

Fordham School of Law (NY/Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento) Among other courses, Fordham Law offers students a seminar that covers “theoretical and practical aspects of representation in corporate and transactional law. The substantive law in the seminar will include those areas typically faced by arts clients, such as artist-gallery relationships, copyright, moral rights, trademark, contracts, commissions, and entity formation, including nonprofit, tax-exempt corporations. Practical aspects will include issues with interacting, advising, and representing contemporary artists working in diverse strategies and media, from conceptual art to digital and organic materials. In order to facilitate the latter aspect, the course will also introduce students to major 20th Century art movements and theories necessary to understanding contemporary art.”

Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts  The Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts is located in New York City at the Columbia University. It was established in to contribute to a broader understanding of the legal aspects of creative works of authorship, including their dissemination and use.

New York Law School (NY/Judith Bresler) This Art Law Course serves as an introduction “to the specialized law practice relating to the creation, purchase, sale, and transfer of art. Students analyze the artist-dealer relationship through actual recognition of consignment agreements from the perspective of both artist and dealer; explore the law of auctions and of private sales, and debate the need for further regulation; examine the artist’s rights, including First Amendment rights and limitations, copyright issues particularly pertinent to artists, moral rights and resale rights, and address the topic of tax and estate planning for collectors and artists, including the tax and estate planning aspects of charitable contributions, the drafting of wills, and the transfer of art work from generation to generation. The course touches on the international transport of art and cultural property; the legal responsibilities of appraisers; commissioned works; loans made to museums, and the art collection as an investment property.”

NYU Law School (NY/Amy Adler)

At NYU Law, students enrolled in Art Law “explore how the law shapes and constrains visual expression. The focus for the most significant portion of the semester is on the censorship of art. Ultimately, by concentrating on the special problems presented by visual images, we probe more deeply into the meaning of “speech” for purposes of the first amendment. The next part of the class examines copyrights, moral rights, and the right of publicity. The final portion of the class addresses legal issues that arise in the art market, including stolen art, forgeries and authentication. The class frequently considers contemporary art controversies as a means of examining these broader issues.”

Other Institutions

The Christie’s Education: Art Business Course/Module 1: Art and Law The rules governing the art market today are unique and continually evolving. Every player in the field, whether artist, dealer, or collector, has rights that reach beyond standard business law. This module will present an overview of how the art market is regulated, looking at the laws which guide the market. This course will tackle tax law, artists’ rights, contracts between artists and galleries, and consignment agreements and commissions. The laws that regulate intellectual property will also be explored, with a lecture on moral rights, copyright and trademark acts, freedom of criticism and expression, and recreation and fair use. The module will also cover issues of art crime and restitution, including the topics of theft and forgery and issues of cultural patrimony and trade restrictions, along with the legal repercussions of art authentication, restitution, remedy and recovery. New York, NY.

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NYU-SCPS: Summer studies in London (US/UK)

NYU-SCPS: The Heart of the Matter: Legal and Ethical Aspects of Appraising (Victor Wiener/Patricia Dillon) — Fall 2013

NYU-SCPS: Law and Ethics in the Art Market (Michael McCullough) — Fall 2013

United States

UCA Berkeley Law (CA/Carla Shapreau)

Center for Law, Technology & the Arts (Ohio) This Center “was created with the understanding that technologic and artistic expression are both part of the human creative enterprise; and there are artistic influences in science and scientific influences in the arts. A core aspect of LTA is the study of intellectual property (or IP as it is commonly known), which has rapidly assumed center stage in the global marketplace and information economy, presenting some of the most exciting, important, and complex issues facing not only our legal system, but also the business, entertainment, and technology communities.”

DePaul School of Law (Faculty: Patty Gerstenblith) DePaul’s Center for Art, Museum, & Cultural Heritage Law “aims to offer students opportunities to explore externship and internship placements in this rapidly growing area of law. A two-course sequence of Art and the Law and a seminar in Cultural Property Law is complemented by externship and summer internship opportunities at the Field Museum of Natural History, the Chicago History Museum, and the DePaul Art Museum.” Chicago, IL.

Wake Forest University School of Law offers a survey course entitled Art and Cultural Property Law, which examines “current issues in the law of art and cultural property including: defining art and cultural property; an artist’s rights in a work of art; the international trade of art and measures to limit that trade; the fate of art works in wartime; repatriation of art and antiquities; the role, structure and duties of museums; and other topics.” Winston Salem, NC.