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This eight-part course examines the unique topic of art-related crime in its various forms and the legal implications within the international art market.

The subject of art crime, and the complex legal framework of the art world, demands a concerted investigation to understand its preconditions, processes, and consequences, and the varied challenges art criminals present to our cultural and commercial institutions.

As a multi-billion-dollar industry, criminal activity relating to art might assume a wide range of forms through the deception achieved with the creation of fakes and forgeries, the crimes of theft and the subtler networks engaged in looting antiquities and money laundering. Participants will, in turn, also look at the relationships among artists, dealers, collectors, and auction houses; issues in legal title and restitution of artworks looted during the Nazi era; provenance, authenticity and the market; disputes and scandals related to forgery; trusts and estates; alternative dispute; and valuation.

Organized around a series of eight expert-led lectures, this course will provide insight drawn from a range of law firms, commercial galleries, cultural organizations, dealerships, and auction houses.

No legal background is required. The course welcomes non-lawyers with an interest in art crime as well as legal professionals from other disciplines.

This Intensive Course consists of live-streamed lectures and discussions. Recordings of the live sessions are accessible anytime during the course via our online learning platform, Canvas.

Students will learn:

  • To examine the broader context of art crime and law by identifying and defining the range of illegal activities that have an impact upon the international art world.
  • To consider the range of approaches for both confronting and responding to art crime, and the legal challenges and opportunities that emerge in response to these processes.
  • To examine methodological approaches to provenance research and the use of this process as an integral component of due diligence within the art market.
The Details
  • Course Dates & Fees

    Course Dates & Fees

    November 17 - December 10, 2020
    Tuesdays and Thursdays | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. GMT
    (1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT)
    Course Fee: £595.00
    All online Intensive Courses are developed in London by Sotheby's Institute faculty, programming staff, and industry experts.
  • How It Works

    How It Works

    Our online Intensive Courses are designed to enrich and deepen your understanding of a specific art world subject in an accelerated and dynamic format. The courses are ideal for undergraduates, career changers, art professionals, and art lovers seeking to learn more about art and cultural history or to acquire specific knowledge/skills.
    Led by art professionals drawn from our global faculty, these courses provide participants with expert insight and practical skills through a combination of livestreamed lectures and group discussion. Course materials and lecture recordings can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via Sotheby’s Institute’s learning platform – Canvas. Canvas is an intuitive, self-contained environment that requires no additional software.
    Once you successfully complete the course, you will receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Our digital certificates allow you to share new skills with various social media platforms, including LinkedIn.
  • Faculty


    Gareth Fletcher (Program Director, MA Art Logistics) lectures on a range of subjects across art logistics and art business including Strategy and Risk Management, Strategic Planning, the Contemporary Art Market. He has received a TECHNEAHRC scholarship to pursue his PhD examining the semiotics of provenance as institutional construct in the establishment of cultural and economic value in the market for Near Eastern antiquities. He sits on the Advisory Board for the Responsible Art Market (RAM) London Committee.
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    This course is listed under the Intensive Course option in the online application. Online Intensive Courses are open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Registration takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.
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