Christie’s Education’s online course Art Law offers a detailed in-depth introduction to this essential legal field. The course covers art-world legal practice and legislation in the major international regions: the USA, Europe, UK and China. The six-week course is written and presented by legal academic Vittoria Mastrandrea (Christie’s, Christie’s Education).
Understanding the law as it affects the art industry is vital for those looking to enter the profession as a career and for those looking to expand their careers within the art world in business, specialist and legal roles. This course has been created to provide you with an understanding of this complex subject necessary to progress in your ambitions.
Art Law is structured to deliver both an academic understanding of the key legal concepts that affect art world transactions, as well as detailed procedural considerations to ensure your learnings can be put to practical use. Multiple case studies throughout the course help demonstrate the application of these concepts in courts around the world. Over six weeks the course will teach you an understanding of contract law and anti-money laundering procedures, copyright, export regulations, authenticity and forgery, restitution and repatriation, and issues involved in museums and deaccessioning.
The course includes a detailed reading list, weekly summary handouts, and weekly multiple-choice tests to help you learn and retain core content.
Included in the course are six exclusive and in-depth interviews with major legal professionals in the art world. These interviews offer you unparalleled insight into their areas of practice, issues they have faced, and an understanding of international art law as experienced by those at the forefront of it.
Exclusive interviews feature:
Barrister at The 36 Group, London, and member of the specialist 36 Commercial’s Crime and Art Law teams, with experience over the past decade of advising auction houses, private dealers and large cultural institutions, including the British Museum.
Director, Heritage & Taxation Advisory Service, Christie’s. Advises on a range of tax matters with emphasis on capital gains tax, inheritance tax and income tax. Trained as an art historian and worked as a curator in the V&A before studying law and qualifying as a Chartered Tax Advisor. Observer on the Historic Houses Association (HHA) Tax and Political Committee.
Managing Partner at CBM & Partners Studio Legale, Milan. Chairman of the Art, Cultural Institutions, and Heritage Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). He has been a member of the Commission for the implementation of the reform on the international circulation of works of art and cultural heritage, appointed by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage.
Co-chairs Pryor Cashman's Art Law group, bringing over 15 years of combined experience in private practice and business roles—and extensive knowledge of a wide variety of complex, art-industry-specific customs and legal issues—to her practice. Among other art market stakeholders, she counsels individual collectors, artists, galleries, auction houses, estates and fiduciaries, and non-profits on a range of transactional and contentious matters.
Managing partner of Borghese Associés, which she co-founded in 2009. She specializes in litigation concerning art related disputes and represents collectors and art dealers in high profile criminal cases of theft and illicit trafficking. Founded the ACE art law commission and is part of the teaching team of the Masters in Art Market and Heritage Law at Paris II University.
Mary Claire Turkington and Maggie Hoag
Deputy General Counsel, Christie’s London and SVP, Deputy General Counsel, Christie’s New York in conversation. Practical art law at Christie’s and the differences between working in the UK and US. Covering topics such as transactions, authenticity, antiquities, imports and exports.
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