First-of-Its-Kind Global Arbitration Court for Art Disputes Launching June 2018
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First-of-Its-Kind Global Arbitration Court for Art Disputes Launching June 2018

Conceived and advanced by William Charron , Co-Chair of the Art Law practice at New York-based law firm Pryor Cashman and an Advisory Board member of AiA, the CAA was created to address the difficulty courts and juries often face when confronted with art law cases, where issues of forensic science, provenance research and connoisseurship are often at issue. "In cases involving authenticity questions, the market need not – and often does not – accept a court’s finding that a work is, more likely than not, authentic or fake," Charron explained. "The idea behind the CAA was to ‘flatten the learning curve’ in these – and similar – kinds of cases by having experienced art lawyers be the deciders. Practitioners should be better equipped to understand and more properly weigh the evidence in a manner that the market will accept," he said. Charron formed a small working group of fellow lawyers in New York, including Luke Nikas from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP; Megan Noh from art law boutique Cahill Cossu Noh & Robinson LLP; and Judith Prowda from Stropheus Art Law and the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, to develop the CAA and draft what have become the […]

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