Art Law (SC)

Section 1, Fall 19

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 15/16
Credits: 1
Day Date Time Room
  • R
  • F
  • R
  • F
  • R
  • F
  • 10/24/2019
  • 10/25/2019
  • 10/31/2019
  • 11/01/2019
  • 11/14/2019
  • 11/15/2019
  • 1800-2030
  • 0830-0950
  • 1800-2030
  • 0830-0950
  • 1800-2030
  • 0830-0950
  • WB127

Course Description

This short course will introduce students to the practice of “art law,” which lies at the intersection of several bodies of law. Contract doctrines such as meetings of minds, mistakes of fact, warranties, and good faith will be explored. The Uniform Commercial Code, which is the primary regulatory schema in the U.S. governing disputes over art transactions, including claims of looted art and fake art, will also be studied. Students will learn to apply civil procedure rules and concepts that can be outcome-determinative in art cases, including statutes of limitations, the laches defense, and choice of law analyses where different international rules and policy preferences may conflict. Property and intellectual property concepts in the area of visual art will additionally be introduced, including principles of copyright law, rights of publicity, and moral rights. Students will get to know the various art market stakeholders (such as artists, dealers, collectors, auction houses, museums) and their customs and practices. Methodologically, the course will use a law-and-economics approach to analyze issues such as allocations of burdens of diligence and risks of loss. No prior background in art is required or assumed.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): Due Date Only
Description: A take-home exam will be required. Students will be provided the exam in a sealed envelope on the last day of class with the instructions provided on the envelope stating the exam duration. Upon opening the envelope, students will be on their honor to take the stated amount of time in the instructions (unless specifically accommodated by Student Affairs or Student Records otherwise) to complete the exam. Students will then upload their exam answer document to EXPO. The deadline for EXPO submission will be no later than noon two weeks after the last class session. Students will be required to return their exam questionset to SRO as soon as practicable.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Tuesday, November 05, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, November 17, 11:59 PM