Call for Book Chapters (Edited Collection): "Law and Art"

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Call for Papers
January 31, 2019
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Law and Legal History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Philosophy

The aim of this edited collection will be to provide one of the leading guides on the intersections between law and art.  The edited collection will therefore bring together a wide range of theorists in relation to, amongst other things, critical approaches to law and art, the intersection between law and art and their mutual relationship, legal categories and definitions and vis-à-vis art movements and particular artworks, and law and art theories. 

In so doing, the edited collection will also examine international, EU and UK case-law and legislation to examine what is deemed to constitute “art” in law, as well as how value is attributed to art. Various dimensions of the meaning of “value” from a variety of critical approaches will therefore be extrapolated. This kind of work is crucial for lawyers, artists, collectors, and art dealers in the UK and the EU. For example, a problem for a commercial gallery when importing contemporary art into the UK is that at present the definition of artworks under EU custom law is based upon formalistic understandings of art, and therefore could exclude a range of contemporary artworks that fall outside the definitions of, for example, “painting”, “drawing”, or “sculpture” – as under Chapter 97 of the Common Customs Tariff. There is no residual category for artworks that could fall outside of that definition, such as conceptual artworks and installations.[1]

This edited collection therefore wishes to explore, but by all means is not limited to, the following topics and questions:

  • Critical approaches to law and art


  • How do law and art intersect, and mutually inform one another?


  • Legal categories and definitions vis-à-vis art movement and specific artworks


  • Copyright law and art


  • Attribution


  • The rights of artists


  • The legal protection of cultural objects


  • Brexit and art law


  • Export licensing systems


  • Political economy, law and art


  • Art restitution and looted art
  • How is “art” understood and defined in international, EU, and UK case-law and legislation?
  • How is value attributed to this art, and what different meanings of “value” emerge from an analysis of the case-law/legislation in question?
  • From the above, what can be further learned about how to improve the definitions/understandings of “art” and “value” in international, EU, and UK case-law and legislation, for the benefit of artists and the protection of artistic works?


  • Submission deadline for abstracts: 30 June 2018
  • Decision of acceptance: by 31 July 2018
  • Deadline for article Submissions: 31 January 2019

Original manuscripts of 8,000–10,000 including sources and footnotes words.

The edited collection will be published with an English publisher (to be announced) and likely under the imprint of a UK Press (to be announced). All manuscripts submitted will be subject to a rigorous peer review process as well as editorial and production processes.

Enquires and proposals welcome: Contact Dr. Linda Roland Danil:


[1] Withersworldwide. Art and Cultural Assets (London: Withers LLP, 2009) [Online] [Accessed 21 August 2016] Available from:

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