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Summer Programs

Association for Research into Crimes against Art: Postgraduate Certificate Program in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection This academically-challenging, eleven course program will provide in-depth, postgraduate level instruction in important theoretical and practical elements related to art and heritage crime. By examining art crime’s interconnected world, participants will experience an integrated curriculum in a participatory setting.  The program’s courses will include comprehensive, multidisciplinary lectures, classroom-based discussions and presentations, and field classes that serve as the backdrop for exploring art crime, its nature, and its impact. Amelia, Italy.

Italian Hours and American Days of Cultural Heritage- Understanding and Managing Cultural Heritage across the Atlantic Summer School: This week long comparative law course combines in-class lectures with special events and site visits in and around Lucca, Italy to deeply analyze and compare the main legal and managerial challenges that characterise the protection and acknowledgement of contemporary art and cultural heritage in Italy and in the United States. The course, conducted in English and offered by the research network Italian Hours and American Days in conjunction with IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, is open by application to an interdisciplinary cohort of MA Graduates, J.D. students and recent law graduates and law firm associates, as well as junior researchers (PhD Students, Post-doctoral Fellows and Junior Professors) and cultural heritage professionals such as museum curators. Participants learn the history of Italian cultural property law in comparison to U.S. historic preservation law, rules applicable to contemporary art and its market in the U.S. and in Italy, and the differences and similarities in the management of museums and museum law in Italy and the U.S. Previous site visits and guests speakers have included the Palazzo Strozzi, the Gucci Archive, the Ferragamo Museum, the Superintendency of Florence, and Martinelli Luce. The 2023 edition will emphasize the theme of Cultural Industries. More information for 2023 may be found hereLucca, Italy. 

University of Miami & Geneva Art Law Centre: International Cultural Heritage Law CourseThe University of Miami School of Law offers a 3-credit course in International Cultural Heritage Law in cooperation with the Art Law Centre of the University of Geneva. The course, conducted in English, is available to students at the University of Miami School of Law and other ABA-accredited law schools only by application. Cultural Property Law will develop students’ awareness and general understanding of the primary legal issues of international cultural property and art law: the trade in cultural goods, the restitution of stolen/looted art and antiquities, the protection of cultural property and built heritage from natural and human-induced disasters and during armed conflict, and others. Additionally, the course will explore cultural property law’s complex relationship with fields such as public and private international law, human rights law, intellectual property law, and alternative dispute resolution. Geneva, Switzerland.

Sotheby’s Institute: Law, Art, and Its MarketsThis course is offered by the Sotheby’s Institute of Art as part of its Summer Study Program in New York. Lawyers and non-lawyers gain an overview of important legal issues specific to the art market, from the moment of creation of art to its purchase, sale and transfer. Students examine the rights of artists, including copyright, fair use and the appropriation of images by artists such as Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, and others. Additional topics include moral rights of artists, freedom of speech, rights of privacy and publicity, issues related to authentication and appraisals, restitution by museums of cultural property, and recent case development concerning Nazi-era art. The course also explores legal, ethical and policy issues in museums. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from art experts and attorneys in the museum, auction house, advisory and gallery worlds. New York, NY. 

Sotheby’s Institute: International Art Crimes Art that has been looted, stolen, or illegally traded each year has been valued globally at five to seven billion dollars, according to estimates put together by the United Nations. This course will investigate the dark side of the art market, how thieves, forgers, and even governments sometimes manipulate the art market and exploit loopholes to amass valuable collections. This course will explore how the nature and complexity of international art crimes has grown through examining case studies of some of the world’s most notorious art crimes and criminals. Participants will also learn about the work of forensic scientists, art lawyers, and other art professionals who are dedicated to justice. The significance of provenance research and a catalogue raisonné in demonstrating authenticity will also be addressed, as will issues of the restitution of stolen art and heritage concerns raised by some museum collections. New York, NY.

Tulane Law School & University of Siena: Institute for International Law, Cultural Heritage & the Arts This program is run by the University of Siena Facoltà di Giurisprudenza and the Tulane University Law School. Courses are offered at the Facoltà di Giurisprudenza, Siena, and will include guest speakers, museum visits, and field trips throughout Tuscany. This program provides the only opportunity in the world to study in depth the relationship between international law and art itself, as both physical and intellectual property. While the program is designed primarily for law students, graduate students in other disciplines, such as art, art history, archeology, and anthropology are encouraged to attend. Siena, Italy. 

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