Visual Arts, Cultural Heritage, and the Law
This course explores contemporary legal, ethical, and policy issues involved in the acquisition, ownership, and disposition of works of art. It tackles diverse issues by examining the complex roles of multiple participants, including from the transactional perspective of an attorney representing an art collector. The international movement of art in times of war and peace and the preservation and protection of art as a form of cultural heritage are important themes in the course. There is no formal prerequisites for the course beyond the first year curriculum. The course includes several drafting assignments (often done in 2-3 person teams) and an in-class final.