Art and Cultural Heritage Law

Integrally related to intellectual property, art law encompasses the complexities of international law, contract law, and Constitutional law.  This seminar will examine the intersection between the law and the art world, a complex world of individuals, institutions, and expressive works.  We will explore some of the legal issues associated with those intersections and relationships.  The seminar will examine participants' roles, including artists; art patrons and consumers; art dealers and auction houses; government officials; art experts, such as museums, historians, and critics; as well as the "bad guys," such as forgers, thieves, and looters.  We will analyze the relationships between art institutions and those who produce, collect, protect, and "deal" in art.  The substance of the course is an exploration of legal issues, including but not limited to, expressive rights, intellectual property, and moral and economic rights.  The course will also focus on the international movement of art in times of peace and war, as well as the preservation and protection of art and cultural property.

Student evaluation will be based on class participation, a final paper, and the completion of ongoing readings accompanied by short assignments.  In addition to class meetings, students will also be required to view films, attend lectures, and visit museums outside of the regularly scheduled class time.


Credits: 2 or 3

Type: SEM

Is this course open to LL.M. students? Yes