Courses Offered in London
London 2014 Course
The market for visual arts is a multi-billion dollar industry, and is the largest unregulated market on the planet. Paintings sell at auction for multi-millions. One London buyer recently discovered his $17 million contemporary masterpiece was a forgery; what is the remedy (if any) when provenance is not as promised? Is street art really art, even if it isn’t in a museum (and sometimes is offensive)? What is the purpose of museums, and who should pay for them? The British Museum houses treasures of art and antiquities collected from countries all over the world. Some of those countries would like the works to be returned; the Elgin (Parthenon) Marbles are just one famous case of a cultural treasure claimed by two countries. Should Greece get the marbles back? What can be done to protect art or cultural property during war; and how do we decide the fate of Nazi-looted art when claims are brought decades after the works were seized? Should there be limits on international trade of art, and if so, will restraints work?
We will survey national and international law as we try to answer these questions. While in London, we will visit the British Museum, the National Gallery and other museums, and take a walking tour of London to view and discuss street art as well as cultural heritage. We will compare US and UK support of museums and government patronage for visual arts, including funding for national museums and protecting historic structures like St. Paul’s Cathedral. While details are still being finalized, we will try to meet with lawyers working in the art market. As in past years, students will likely visit the Royal Courts of Justice, Supreme Court, Old Bailey, and travel to Oxford and Cambridge.
Course materials include a best-selling non-fiction book, contracts, decisions from the U.S. and U.K., museum rules, treaties, current newspaper articles, and movies. While in London, students will write short response papers, deliver a five-minute presentation and debate the fate of the Elgin Marbles; a portfolio will be submitted after we return to the States. (Wake law students may elect to submit a research paper to satisfy the ULWR.)
For more information about the course: London Summer 2014 Course Description.
Non-Wake Forest students should confirm that credit for these courses is accepted in their home law school. Grades for non-Wake Forest students will be only on a Pass/Fail basis (with a “C” being the minimum grade to earn a passing grade.)