Co-Chair
Anne-Sophie
Nardon

Co-Chair
Nicholas O'Donnell

Art, Cultural Institutions and Heritage Law Committee

This committee is concerned with all aspects of law as it relates to art, artists, and cultural heritage in the broadest context. 'Art law' is an interdisciplinary field involving tax, commercial transactions, intellectual property and private and public international law.

About the Committee

The Committee on Art, Cultural Institutions and Heritage Law is concerned with all aspects of law as it relates to art, artists, and cultural heritage in the broadest context. This extends from archaeology and the protection of ancient monuments to national heritage and public and private collections to the art trade and contemporary art. 'Art law' is an interdisciplinary field involving tax (individual estates and charities), commercial transactions, intellectual property in all aspects and private and public international law.

Membership

With a membership encompassing more than 58 different countries and lawyers active in representing auction houses, museums, artists and their estates, collectors, galleries, governments in the protection of cultural heritage, and dealers in antiquities, the Committee is an ideal forum to encourage and facilitate communications among art lawyers and other legal professionals about issues concerning all aspects of the law relating to the art market, international transactions in works of art, cultural property laws and museums.

As the foremost international committee of art lawyers, members are often invited to comment on international art and cultural property issues, including discussions on international treaties such as the UNIDROIT Treaty on Cultural Property, various UNESCO conventions, WIPO initiated discussions and other treaties which affect the international trade in art and cultural property. The committee's goal is to establish a worldwide network of art and cultural property lawyers with information and discussion links to relevant NGOs, institutes of art law, and governmental organisations.

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Art law: Restrictions on the export of cultural property and artwork

Art law: Restrictions on the export of cultural property and artwork – December 2020 – A report by the IBA Art, Cultural Institutions and Heritage Law Committee

Released on Dec 01, 2020

The strange case of life insurance policies: if the beneficiary’s privacy clashes with heirs’ rights

The strange case of life insurance policies: if the beneficiary’s privacy clashes with heirs’ rights

The Austrian Supreme Court and Franz West

This article summarises two decisions of the Austrian Supreme Court dealing with formal requirements for transferring works of art into a private trust under Austrian law.

Everyone is an artist

Everyone is an artist.

Looted art: good practices and new trends in ensuring restitution

Where international conventions and European laws often fail in achieving restitution, good practices adopted by states in diplomatic and bilateral relations are reaching this goal in many cases.