Center for Art Law

At the crossroads of visual arts and the law.

Nonprofits & Research

The nonprofit or not-for-profit sector offers a great wealth of services to the artistic and arts-related communities in the United States and worldwide. The list of organizations will be expanding and we invite your input on additional organization and content to make this resource as user-friendly as possible.

Artists’ Assistance

Arts Law Centre of Australia provides free or low cost specialised legal advice, education and resources to Australian artists and arts organisations across all art forms, on a wide range of arts related legal and business matters. Arts Law’s Artists in the Black program delivers targeted services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists nationally. Australia.

California Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is a State Bar of California Certified Lawyer Referral & Information Service since 1974. They offers in-person workshops, special events, and seminars throughout California – plus online educational programs, videos, and podcasts. They have offices in several California cities, including San Francisco, Berkeley, Los Angeles and Sacramento. California.

Lawyers for the Creative Arts was established in 1972 by a group of young lawyers, Lawyers for the Creative Arts is a pro bono art and law organization, with the mission to provide legal assistance to artists and arts organizations financially unable to retain legal counsel. Chicago, IL.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)was established in 1971 by the New York State Council on the Arts as an independent organization to serve individual artists throughout the state, the mission of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is to empower artists across all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives. NYFA has three program areas: cash grants and fiscal sponsorship, online resources, and professional development training. New York, NY.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) has been providing arts-related legal aid and educational programs since 1969. VLA believes that individual artists and arts organizations deserve access to dedicated legal representation and advocacy to ensure that their voices are heard and that their interests are protected. VLA also believes that the arts community should understand certain legal and business matters to protect themselves and their work. To achieve these goals, VLA serves the arts community through 3 program areas: Legal Services with MediateArtEducation, and AdvocacyNew York, NY.

Research Institutions

Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA) is a research and outreach organisation that works to promote the study and research of art crime and cultural heritage protection. The Association seeks to identify emerging and under-examined trends related to this field of study as well as to develop strategies to advocate for the responsible stewardship of our collective artistic and archaeological heritage. International.

Centre Universitaire du Droit de l’Art is a research center based in Geneva, Switzerland, which pursues teaching and research activities in the field of art and cultural property law. Their teachings consist in organizing multidisciplinary and international symposia, publications, directing doctoral theses and participating in research programs. Geneva, Switzerland.

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. London, UK.

Institut für Kunst und Recht (IFKUR) was founded in 2006 with the participation of well-known representatives of the art law in Heidelberg. It is the first institute in Germany dedicated exclusively to the interface between art and law. Germany.

International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR) is a not-for-profit educational and research organization dedicated to integrity in the visual arts. IFAR offers impartial and authoritative information on authenticity, ownership, theft, and other artistic, legal, and ethical issues concerning art objects. IFAR serves as a bridge between the public, and the scholarly and commercial art communities. They publish the quarterly IFAR Journal; organize conferences, panels, and lectures; offer a unique Art Authentication Research Service; and serve as an information resource. New York, NY.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (LCCHP) is a not-for-profit organization that fosters the stewardship of the objects, places, and traditions that define us as societies, nations, civilizations, and even human beings. They are lawyers, legal scholars, and law enforcement agents — but also anthropologists, archaeologists, architects, art historians, students, and others — who champion preservation through the justice system. Through their educational programs and resources, they are also working to prepare a new generation of advocates, as well as educate the public. Washington, DC.

Museums & Deaccessioning in Europe
This website is one of the outcomes of the research executed in 2016-2017 bt Dieuwertje Wijsmuller. It outlines the possibilities and opinions on deaccessioning in Europe. The website gives an overview of the (legal) possibilities of deaccessioning and disposal of museum objects within the European Union.International.

Trafficking Culture is a research consortium that produces evidence-based research into the contemporary global trade in looted cultural objects. International.

1995 Unidroit Convention Academic Project aims at promoting a favourable legal environment for restitution and return of stolen or illegally exported cultural objects through knowledge sharing and dissemination, as well as projects pursued individually by the partners and members or on the basis of joint initiatives. Key in this context is the divulgation and implementation of the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects and the 2011 UNESCO-UNIDROIT Model Provisions on State Ownership of Undiscovered Cultural Objects. Rome, Italy.

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