Resolving art disputes – an afternoon of current and future art related legal topics at Christie’s

“What’s new and what’s to come: Resolving disputes in the world of art” – an afternoon of current and future art related legal topics.


Join us on Thursday 18th May for lunch and an afternoon of art law, incorporating two panel discussions on current developments of the law relating to art disputes and finishing with a networking drinks reception.


When: 12 noon – 4.30pm 18th May 2023

Where: Christie’s London 8 King St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6QT



Panel 1

  • Sotiris Felios, Partner, Felios & Associates Law Firm, The Sotiris Felios Collection Athens, Greece and President, Libralex EEIG
  • Paddy Kelly, Partner, Laytons ETL and Vice President, Libralex EEIG
  • Dr. Katharina Garbers-von Boehm, BÜSING MÜFFELMANN & THEYE, Berlin, Germany and member, Libralex EEIG
  • Kristina Shapovalova, Counsel, Eterna Law, Ukraine and member, Libralex EEIG
  • Richard Aronowitz, Global Head of Restitution, Christie’s


Panel 2

  • Yohanna Thillaye, Avocat, Pinsent Masons
  • Alexander Herman, Director, Institute of Art and Law
  • Oliver Tapper, Associate, Pinsent Masons
  • Jacques Schuhmacher, Senior Provenance Research Curator, the Victoria and Albert Museum



12:00 – Registration and “grab and go” lunch

13:00 – Opening speech by Dirk Boll, Deputy Chairman, 20th and 21st Century Art, EMEA

13:15 –  Panel 1: Art disputes – tangible and intangible assets

Art is primarily to be enjoyed, while also an investment. The intrinsic value of art may lie in the joy it brings to its owner. However, the actual value may depend on issues such as provenance, title, lending and security. Disputes arise regarding these issues that are made more complex when art crosses international borders. The digitalisation of art by the creation of NFTs and tokenised artworks has widened the way art is appreciated, although it has broadened the scope for disputes.  The panel of international experts will explore these legal issues and how these disputes can be resolved. This panel will be moderated by Rebecca Attree, IPOS Mediation and Chair of Dispute Resolution Working Group, Libralex EEIG.

15:00 – Coffee break

15:30 – Panel 2: In The Wrong Hands: current developments in provenance and authenticity issues related to art and cultural property

A panel discussion focussing on current developments concerning provenance and authenticity issues related to art and cultural property, including a discussion of the increase in ethical decision making by art institutions, art dealers’ duty of care, and the ways in which the law is continuing to catch up with those who have dealt in illicit objects. The panel will be moderated by Luke Harris, 5 Stone Buildings.

16:30 – 18:00 Networking drinks


Registration for this event is now open. See here to book your ticket, and to find out more. Tickets are limited.


We look forward to seeing you there.