Irina Tarsis, Esq. is an art historian and a practicing commercial attorney specializing in art, cultural heritage and nonprofit governance issues. As the Founder and Director of the Center for Art Law, a New York-based nonprofit organization, she has an extensive experience mentoring students in different arts-related fields, regarding art market issues, alternative dispute resolution and property rights. Tarsis publishes and consults on a range of issues including due diligence in the art trade, copyright infringement and fair use, artists’ rights, restitution, authenticity and provenance research. She works with creators and curators to assist with legal protections, encourage economic growth and positive social impact.
Tarsis has been an active member of the New York State Bar, served as the chair of the Cultural Heritage and the Arts Interest Group of the American Society of International Law and worked with the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Section of the NYSBA on artists’ rights programs and pro bono services. Currently based in Zürich, Tarsis serves on the faculty of the Fashion Institute of Technology. Previously, she has taught at Columbia University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law as well as the European Shoah Legacy Institute.
Some of her publications include: “Moral Rights and Droite de Suite,” The Art Law Review (Winter 2021); "Reputation is no Substitute to Due Diligence: Lessons from the Closure of the Knoedler Gallery (1857-2011)" (Fall 2017); “20th Century Shadows over the 21st Century Art Field: Title Disputes Arising From the Soviet Nationalization and Sales of Cultural Property” (Oct. 2016).