Human Remains and the Law, Friday Dec. 13 in London

The Institute of Art and Law has put together a programme on Human Remains and the Law on Friday Dec. 13, 2013 at the Natural History Museum in

From the announcement:

An afternoon seminar with the generous support of the Natural History Museum

The treatment of human remains, whether contained in museum collections or discovered during the course of building or other works, gives rise to a host of moral, ethical, religious and legal issues. Should all remains be treated in the same way? If not where are the boundaries and are all the boundaries for how museums use remains (exhibition, teaching and scientific research) the same? Do we treat cultures that have disappeared (e.g. the Sumerians or ancient Egyptians) differently from living cultures and why do museums take the approach they do?

The seminar will be chaired by Dr Margaret Clegg and Sarah Long (both from the NHM), and speakers include Jelena Bekvalac (Museum of London), Caroline Browne (Human Tissue Authority), Dr Joseph Elders (Church of England), Professor Norman Palmer QC (3 Stone Buildings) and Carolyn Shelbourn (Sheffield University).

The conference is Law Society CPD accredited.

Places may be reserved here.

An Update on the Institute of Art and Law

The Institute of Art and Law sent along an announcement about an upcoming Study Forum and three new books:

We are holding a Study Forum on Saturday 3rd March in London.  It will start at 10.30 am and finish around 4.30 pm, and speakers will include Kevin Chamberlain, Richard Harwood, Charles Hill, Alexander Herman and Freda Matassa.  Further details can be found and reservations can be made either by email to Ruth Bowen ( or online  The cost of the session is £144 (£120 plus VAT) with a 50% reduction for IAL members and past IAL students, and it will carry four hours’ Law Society CPD points.

In 2011 we published three new books – these can all be ordered online using the links below, or to be invoiced please email us

Taking it Personally: the Individual Liability of Museum Personnel, a collection of essays edited by Ruth Redmond-Cooper and Norman Palmer

Neglected Witnesses: The Fate of Jewish Ceremonial Objects During the Second World War and After
edited by Julie-Marthe Cohen with Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek

Cultural Heritage Conventions and Other Instruments: A Compendium with Commentaries by Patrick O’Keefe and Lyndel Prott.

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