This is the first course in our annual series of Art Law for Art World Professionals courses. The purpose is to provide an introduction to many of the key legal issues relating to the ownership and trading of art and it is followed by a matching course in the autumn. Lectures across the courses address important areas such as auction and private sales, due diligence, agency and relationships, taxation, copyright and other intellectual property issues, artists’ agreements, Nazi looted art and international and cultural art law. The courses are directed towards non-lawyers working in the art world at auction houses, museums or galleries, or wishing to do so, as well as lawyers currently practising in other disciplines. While each course is independent of the other, both complement each other in covering the wide range of issues where art and law intersect.