The Art & Law Collective was founded as a means of prompting collaboration and facilitating discourse about the legal nuances of art market transactions in Canada. By building a network of lawyers, scholars and art market professionals, we aim to lay the foundation for a more integrated model of advocacy in the Canadian art market. “Art law” comprises a range of legal disciplines including estates, tax, insurance, finance, sales, import/export, restitution and heritage protection. With this in mind, our approach includes organizing events, exchanging information, and liaising with art law organizations abroad.
Elisa graduated from the Languages, Literatures and Cultures department before earning her law degree in 2016, both at the University of Windsor. She is now completing her 10 month articling term in private practice. In 2015, Elisa attended the Tulane-Siena Institute for International Law, Cultural Heritage and the Arts at L'Universitá Degli Studi di Siena and also completed a course on Art as an Alternative Investment with Sotheby’s Institute of Art. While at law school, Elisa took every opportunity to intertwine her love of art with her academic pursuits, researching the Illicit Trade of Cultural Property, Art Consignment practices in Canada and USA, and the Canadian Legal Framework for Art as an Investment Asset.
Christina studied Art History, English Literature and Philosophy at the University of Toronto, before pursuing a Masters at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. She is now in her third year of law school at the University of Windsor. Prior to entering law school, she worked as a legal assistant at a major Canadian company and later interned at Sotheby's, Print Quarterly and at the Courtauld Institute of Art. From her varied work and volunteer experience in both the legal sector and the art market, she has been exposed to, and has acquired an interest in, the overlap between art and the law. One of her favourite quotes is: “Art, like the law, consists of drawing the line somewhere.” She hopes to explore the potential parallels between these two, seemingly disparate, worlds.