'Artlaw' is a term for legal aspects of the law with which culture/art lovers and organisations may have to deal, each from their own interests. Think of museums, auction houses, artists, art dealers and private collectors.


 The following subjects may be considered:

  • Restitution/claiming of art objects ;
  • uncertainty about the provenance of art;
  • Artists' rights (e.g. droit de suite);
  • Inheritance issues (partitions);
  • custody;
  • auction contracts;
  • import and export of art
  • sale/purchase contracts;
  • import/export issues;
  • and many other industry-related topics.



Artlaw often involves international aspects with different legal systems.  The protection of culture differs from country to country; the requisitioning of art in one country creates peculiarities that do not exist in another. Cooperation in an international context occurs regularly.