The University

The International Hellenic University is Greece’s first state university, where programmes are taught exclusively in English.
It already attracts a strong international academic faculty and outstanding students from Southeast and other European and Black Sea countries.
As a state University, all degrees awarded are accredited by the Government and are recognized in the European Union and internationally.

The Course

The MA in Art, Law and Economy adopts a multi-disciplinary approach and is addressed to graduates of various academic backgrounds, including law, economics, political science, history of art, philosophy, etc., who wish to specialize in the interrelation between art, law and the economy.

We aim at providing candidates with:

  • the specialized legal, financial and cultural background to pursue a successful career in academia and research, private organisations that trade in works of art, museums, art collections, law firms practising in the field or public sector organizations involved in the management, legal protection, re-claiming and supporting works of art,
  • legal and financial expertise on the operation and management of art markets (including sales of works of art, art portfolio management, art auctions etc.),
  • in-depth knowledge on the national and international legal framework on national heritage, monument preservation, art loans or archaeology laws,
  • intellectual property law expertise within a globalized art market,
  • insights on those fields of law (constitutional, civil, penal etc.) affecting the legal protection of works of art.

The Core Modules

First semester

  • Cultural property regulation and national and international heritage legislation. International protection of cultural property
  • UNESCO and culture. The artist and his work. Artists' rights. Multimedia
  • Artwork Transactions - Legal aspects of international trade in art (dealers, museums, collectors, collection as investment property, auctions, auction houses)

Second Semester

  • Settlement of disputes concerning cultural objects
  • Copyright Law (national - international)
  • Arts management

The Elective Modules

  • International protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict
  • Competition Law and intellectual property rights. Technology and intellectual property
  • WIPO Copyright Treaty. WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
  • Legal problems of architecture design, photography and other artefacts (especially in digital form - multimedia)
  • Theft and robbery of Art - Bona fide acquisition of stolen art - Repatriation - Restitution and return of Looted Art
  • The Greek claim for the return of the Parthenon Marbles

The Master’s Dissertation

In the third semester, students choose a dissertation topic relevant to the courses of the MA in Art, Law and Economy programme. The topic is chosen by the student with input and advice from a faculty member, who acts as the supervisor, working closely with the student. The dissertation is an individual 10,000-word paper of original scientific work, which upon completion is submitted for examination and approval by a three-member committee chaired by the student's supervisor.

Applying for the MA in Art, Law and Economy

To be considered for the MA in Art, Law and Economy at the IHU, candidates are required to have:

  • a good university degree in a relevant subject from a recognised University,
  • proof of English competence (Proficiency or recently acquired IELTS or TOEFL),
  • two academic references.

A personal interview may be required.

Applications are open until all the available places are filled. Therefore you should apply as early as possible to ensure place availability. The courses start every October.
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For more information please use the following contact details:
School of Humanities
T: +30 2310 807529
F: +30 2310 474520

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Last updated June 11, 2019
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