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Art Law and Ethics


Art Law and Ethics

A discounted tuition rate is available for individuals who are interested to enroll in two or more Sotheby’s Institute of Art In-Person Professional Courses within the same term. Contact our admissions team at for more information and a discount code.

Are you looking to get to grips with art law?

Art world legal matters need not be intimidating. Understanding the laws governing the art market can present opportunities as well as mitigate risks. Our course offers a clear and concise overview of the essential legal topics: artists’ rights, intellectual property, cultural repatriation, and the legal aspects of buying and selling art.

With engaging case studies, focused discussions, and insights from industry experts, you’ll gain a practical understanding of how these legal elements impact the art market’s key players.

Take this course if:

  • You are an art world professional looking to learn more about art law.
  • You are a legal professional looking to deepen your understanding of the legal frameworks of the art business.
  • You’re a career starter aiming to broaden your understanding of the art world and enhance your resume.


Successful art business professionals should understand the legal aspects of copies, copyright infringement, and forgeries; art entering museums and tax implications, or the legal frameworks in creating foundations and new business ventures. At Sotheby’s Institute our expert faculty can guide you through the lifecycle of the work of art, analysing the legal implications from the moment of creation, through sale and ownership, to resale on the secondary market.

Deadline to Register: March 4

  • Price
    You may select your preferred local currency as the payment option.

    Enroll in 2 or more In-Person Professional Courses within the same term for a discounted rate, contact admissions for a discount code.
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  • Date
    Spring | March 18 - 19
  • Time
    10am – 4pm GMT
  • Duration
    2 Days
  • Location
  • Topics
    • Art Law,
    • Specializations & Skills
  • Language
  • Contact Admissions

Learning Outcomes

  • To define different international law systems and how they intersect with the global art market.

  • To understand key case studies regarding appropriation, copyright, and restitution.

  • To articulate the legal rights and obligations of each key player in the art market.


Alice Farren-Bradley

Course Leader, London

Alice Farren-Bradley is a specialist in contested cultural heritage and art law as well as a Lecturer in Cultural Heritage Crime at Cranfield University. She is currently completing a PhD at Newcastle University, where her research investigates the legal and art-market implications of cultural property protection during armed conflict.

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  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • Intellectual Property: Artist’s Rights and Appropriation
    • Restitution, Repatriation, and Looted Art and Artifacts
    • International Law Considerations
    • Copyright Law and Fair Use
    • The Changing Field of Auction Regulations
  • Course Completion

    Course Completion

    Course participants take away in-depth and valuable insight into the current and future art world. Those who successfully complete their course will receive a certificate of completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

    Sotheby’s Institute of Art course participants come from all over the world, from a wide variety of backgrounds. As they study, travel, and explore the art world alongside each other throughout the program, fierce and long-lasting collaborations are frequently born. Individuals who complete these courses join our network of over 8,000 alumni around the globe who hold top positions at renowned art organizations.

  • Requirements


    We highly encourage participants with at least 3 years of post-graduate work experience for a smooth and successful course experience.

    English Language Requirement

    Course participants should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and presentations in English.

    Age Requirement

    Courses are open to participants 18 years of age or older.

    For more information, please see our Terms and Conditions.