Art Law Clinic

With the development of new art forms and the constantly changing understanding of art, especially in the course of digitalization, new legal challenges arise every day.

Up to now, several generations of artists have had to deal with this either on their own or in costly cooperation with lawyers.

The Art Law Clinic now wants to change this for students at the Kunstakademie Münster. This is a joint project of the Kunstakademie Münster and the civil law department of the Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law in Münster.

Here is the introductory video of the Art Law Clinic


Although the basic idea of a law clinic from the USA has already been established in some places in Germany, the establishment of such an institution specifically for art law is unique worldwide. The motto of the Art Law Clinic is “Law students for art students”. Law students in higher semesters should help art students to assess fundamental legal issues that they are confronted with during their studies. This is free of charge for students at the Academy of Art. Furthermore, a legal guide for artists will soon be available for students to use as a guide. In particular, this promotes the interdisciplinary, mutual understanding of art students for law and law students for art.


The center of the Art Law Clinic is located at the Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law, which provides a staff member. Two additional employees are provided by the Academy of Art. The Art Law Clinic has an advisory board consisting of Prof. Dr. Nina Gerlach from the Kunstakademie Münster and Mr. Norbert Burke from the law firm HüttenbrinkPartner. The project will be launched on 26.2.2018 at 9:00 am in the lecture hall of the Academy of Fine Arts as part of the Art Law Seminar (“Art Clinic”) organized by the Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law.


The Art Law Clinic can be contacted in person in room 120.213 at the ITM (Leonardo-Campus 9, 48149 Münster) on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:00 or by appointment, by e-mail at and by telephone on 0251/83-38618. More information in the video

News will be made available here on the homepage.


Liability notice:

Advice is not provided by lawyers or other persons qualified to hold judicial office, but by students. The participating students will endeavor to conduct a legal examination and work on the questions based on the materials known and available to them.

Employees are subject to quality control through regular reports and preliminary inquiries with the responsible university lecturer and the lawyer on the advisory board. However, we must point out in advance that we cannot accept any liability for the correctness and legality of the information provided and that this is limited to intent and gross negligence except in the case of breach of cardinal obligations and injury to life, limb or health. Advice is based exclusively on the knowledge and skills of students; it cannot be assumed that they will exercise due diligence as lawyers. A successful consultation is not owed. However, we would be happy to provide a general statement on the question you have raised and support you in making your own decision.

More complicated legal questions are not clarified by the Art Law Clinic itself, but by expert lawyers in consultation with the Art Law Clinic managers.