Art law encompasses many types of law including contracts and licensing law, intellectual property law, and agency law. Refer to the Intellectual Property Sources guide for additional information.

Significant United States Legislation:
• Antiquities Act of 1906 (16 U.S.C. 431 et seq)
• National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470 et seq)
• Native American Graves Protection & Repatriation Act (25 U.S.C. 3001 et seq)

Significant International Legislation:
• Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (25 U.S.T. 1341, 828 U.N.T.S. 221)
• Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (249 U.N.T.S. 240)
• Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (27 U.S.T. 37, 1037 U.N.T.S. 151)
• Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Cultural Property (823 U.N.T.S. 231)
• UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects (draft) (34 I.L.M. 1322)

Selected treatises and Internet sites are listed below. To identify additional treatises, use BEN. Utilize a word or subject search if you do not know the title or author. Relevant subject headings include:

Artists - Legal status, laws, etc - United States
Cultural Property - Protection -Law and legislation - United States
Law and Art- United States

Art Law
• Darraby, Art, Artifact and Architecture Law (KF4288 .D372) (Westlaw - ARTARCHLAW)
• DuBoff & King, Art Law in a Nutshell (Reserve KF4288 .Z9 .D8 2006)
• Lerner & Bresler, Art Law: the Guide for Collectors, Investors, Dealers, and Artists (KF390.A7 L47 2012, Westlaw - PLIREF-ART)
• Lutkenhaus, Cultiural Property: a Legal Research Guide (Reference KF241 .C84 .L87 2012)     
• DuBoff, The Deskbook of Art Law (KF4288 .D832)
• Crawford, Legal Guide for the Visual Artist (KF390 .A7 C73 2010)
• Phelan, Museum Law: a Guide for Officers , Directors, and Counsel (KF4305 .P535 2014)
• Palmer, The Recovery of Stolen Art: a Collection of Essays (K3791 .Z9 R48 1998)
• Prowda, Visual Arts and the Law: a Handbook for Professionals (KF4288 .P76 2013)               
• Rhodes, Art Law and transactions (KF4288 .R48 2011)                                                                      

• Farber, Entertainment Industry Contracts: Negotiating and Drafting Guide (Reserve KF2932 .E357 1986, LexisNexis - 2NDARY;ENTIND)
• Lindey on Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts: Agreements and the Law (Reserve KF2991.5 .L55 2004, Westlaw - LINDEY3D)

Artists Rights Society
Association of Art Museum Directors
FBI Art Theft Program
First Amendment Center - Arts & the First Amendment
Indian Arts & Crafts Board
Ocean State Lawyers for the Arts
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Cultural Property Law
• Cultural Heritage Issues: the Legacy of Conquest, Colonization, and Commerce (K3791 .C848 2009)
• Cultural Heritage Statutes (KD3740 .A3 2004)
• Gazzini, Cultural Property Disputes: the Role of Arbitration in Resolving Non-contractual Disputes (K3791 .G39 2004)
• Hutt, Cultural Property Law: A Practitioner’s Guide to the Management, Protection, and Preservation of Heritage Resources (KF4310 .C85 2004)
• O’Keefe & Prott, Law and the Cultural Heritage (K3791 .P747)
• Toman, The Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict: Commentary on the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its Protocol, Signed on 14 May, 1954 in the Hague, and on other Instruments of International Law Concerning Such Protection (K3791 .A41954 A39 1996)
• Merryman, Thinking About the Elgin Marbles: Critical Essays on Cultural Property, Art & Law (K3791 .M47 2000)

Cultural Protection Treaties
International Cultural Property Protection (USIA)
UNESCO Cultural Activities Worldwide

Art & the Holocaust
• Kowalski, Art Treasures and War: a Study on the Restitution of Looted Cultural Property, Pursuant to Public International Law (K3791 .K69 1998)
• Bazyler, Holocaust Justice: the Battle for Restitution in America's Courts (Reserve KF6075 .B39 2003)
• Plunder and Restitution: the U.S. and Holocaust Victims Assets: Findings and Recommendations of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States (D810 .C8 U56 2000)
• Nicholas, The Rape of Europa (Reserve N8795.3 .E85 N53 1994)

Art Loss Register

Association of Art Museum Directors- Object Registry
Central Registry of Information on Looted Cultural Property
A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust: Looted Art: a Bibliography
National Archives- Holocaust- Era Assets
New York State Holocaust Claims Processing Office
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States State Department  Office for Holocaust Issues


The Law Library subscribes to numerous law journals devoted to art law including:
• Art, Antiquity and Law (Periodical K1 .R72)
• Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal (P Ca733)
• Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts (P Ar682)
• Journal of Art & Entertainment Law (P Jo3267)
• Journal of Arts Management, Law & Society (P Pe634)

Additionally, many articles are available from full-text sources such as LexisNexis, Westlaw, and HeinOnline. Additional articles can be identified with periodical indexes:

• Current Law Index (Reference K33 .C85, LexisNexis - LAWREV;LGLIND, Westlaw - LRI)
• Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (Reference K33 .I29, HeinOnline)
• Index to Legal Periodicals (Reference K33 .I55, BEN)