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Art, Law and Ethics

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This course examines legal and ethical issues relevant to the visual arts. Topics covered include agreements and laws that govern art auctions, artists’ rights such as copyright and moral rights, trade restrictions that shape the art market, and different kinds of art crime. The programme will also explore questions of cultural heritage, as well as the benefits and disadvantages of imposing an artist resale royalty.
Led by Lauren Crais, Head of Study, Law of Christie’s Education London, the 3-day course requires no prior legal experience, and is designed for collectors and those working in the art world. Guest speakers include Christie’s in-house counsel, and other lawyers with experience in relevant fields.

Course dates

Date & Time
4 - 6 September 2017
Monday - Wednesday, 10am - 5pm

Christie’s, 22/F Alexandra House, Central, Hong Kong


(Discounted rate of HK$14,000 if paid in full by 17 August 2017)

Lauren Crais
Faculty Member

Lauren Crais

Head of Study, Law, MSc Art, Law & Business

Monday 4 September | The Primary Market

  • Artist – Dealer Agreements
  • Copyright and Intellectual Property
  • Censorship and Obscenity

Tuesday 5 September | The Secondary Market

  • Auction Law
  • Artist Resale Royalty
  • Authenticity

 Wednesday 6 September | The International Art Trade

  • Restitution
  • Cultural Patrimony
  • Art Taxation
  • Art Crime

Schedule and topics are subject to change. Please check back for updates.

A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who attend all sessions.  

(Discounted rate of HK$14,000 if paid in full by 17 August 2017)


Lauren Crais
Head of Study, Law, MSc Art, Law & Business, Christie's Education London

Lauren Crais is the Head of Study, Law of the Master’s in Art, Law and Business programme in London. Her focus is on intellectual property law, restitution, and art crime. Prior to joining Christie’s Education, Lauren was a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County and went on to receive her MSc with distinction in Art, Law and Business at Christie’s Education. She read history of art, French, and psychology at Duke University and received her JD from Georgetown University. She is licensed to practice before the California bar, as well as before the United States Supreme Court.

Audrey Shum
Head of Legal, Christie’s Asia

Audrey Shum is the Senior Vice President and Head of Legal of Christie’s in Asia. Audrey joined Christie’s in 2012 and is responsible for managing Christie’s legal team and overseeing and handling all legal issues arising out of Christie’s art business in Asia. She was part of the core team responsible for setting up Christie’s auction house in mainland China, the first wholly owned foreign auction house in mainland China. Before joining Christie’s, she was a partner at an international law firm specialising in litigation and intellectual property work in Hong Kong and mainland China for 15 years. 

Antony Dapiran
Of Counsel, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Antony Dapiran is Of Counsel with the leading global law firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom based in the firm's Hong Kong office (as of 1 September 2017). In a twenty-year career as a corporate lawyer, he has advised on capital markets transactions and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, including many of the largest and most complex initial public offerings in the China market. He also advises artists and dealers on primary and secondary market transactions and international art galleries on establishing and operating in Hong Kong. Educated at the University of Melbourne and Peking University, Antony is admitted as a legal practitioner in Hong Kong, New South Wales and England & Wales. He has been resident in Beijing and Hong Kong for over twenty years, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Steven Sieker
Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Steven Sieker practices exclusively in the area of tax law, and is recognized as a leading individual in tax as well as private client and wealth management by Chambers Asia Pacific, Citywealth Leaders List and Guide to the World’s leading Tax Advisers. Steven has authored a wide range of key articles and publications, including the Hong Kong volume of the CCH series Tax Planning and Compliance in Asia. He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), and was an executive director of STEP and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. Steven is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong, England and Wales (non-practising), and is qualified as a barrister and solicitor in Alberta, Canada.

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