Levin College of Law
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Art Law (Seminar)

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This course is a seminar on the law specially concerning art and cultural property. The focus is broad and international. The topic crosses all fields of law, criminal and civil, domestic and international, contemporary and historical, commercial, administrative, private and public. Students will consider definitions of art and cultural property (real and personal), treaties governing protection of and international movement of cultural property, legal concerns of museums, and special statutes governing works of artists. Students will examine, also, the various types of art transactions as well as local and international regulations governing those. Recurring issues that the class will discuss are artists’ rights, the effects of war on cultural goods and monuments, theft and smuggling of cultural goods, and forgery. Readings will be assigned from one text book and supplemental materials, and each student will be required to submit one short paper of publishable quality for a grade. An interest in art is more valuable for this class than knowledge of art history.