Center for Art Law

At the crossroads of visual arts and the law.

Art Law Research Institutions

Artive is a non-profit organization facilitating the protection of cultural property through its risk management services and growing database of claimed objects. New London, CT.

Art-Law Centre Geneva is a research center at the University of Geneva, promoting and coordinating research and work on the most current questions of art law. Geneva, Switzerland.

Art Law Foundation (Fondation pour le Droit de l’Art) is a nonprofit organization that “aims to promote and coordinate, on a national and international level, the work and research on the most topical questions related to art and cultural heritage law. ” Geneva, Switzerland.

Art Loss Register is the leading due diligence provider for the art market, and maintains the world’s largest private database of stolen art, antiques and collectables. London, UK.

Association for Research into Crimes against Art (“ARCA”) is a research and outreach organization 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.

The Central Registry of Information on Looted Cultural Property 1933-1945  fulfill Washington Principle VI on the setting up of a central repository of information on Nazi looting and contemporary efforts to research and resolve all outstanding issues. It is a charitable body operating under the auspices of the European Association for Jewish Studies, the sole umbrella organisation for academic Jewish studies in Europe. London, UK.

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 organization, 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.

The Center for Art, Museum and Cultural Heritage Law of DePaul Institute (“CAMCHL”) was founded at the DePaul College of Law. Its mission is to promote research and concentrated study in the rapidly growing areas of art, museum and cultural heritage law. Chicago, IL.

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 favorable 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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