Museums must comply with a myriad of laws and ethical codes regulating virtually every aspect of their organization and operations. While some of these issues are common to businesses of all kinds, some apply to nonprofit organizations, and others are unique to the museum community.
Museum Administration: Law and Practice explores the many areas of law applicable to museums, including governance, personnel, facilities, intellectual property, collections management, and fundraising.
Designed as a textbook for use in connection with museums studies programs and law school courses, the book utilizes a “casebook” approach: relevant court decisions and other primary source materials illustrate and enliven the descriptive text. Study questions are included in each chapter so that readers can apply legal and ethical principles to museum-focused fact situations.
A comprehensive but concise introductory text to the legal and ethical issues facing museums, Museum Administration: Law and Practice is also an authoritative resource for museum professionals and lawyers.
WALTER LEHMANN is a practicing museum attorney with extensive experience teaching art and museum law courses to undergraduate and graduate students at major American universities and law schools. A graduate of Williams College and William Mitchell College of Law, Walter received his Masters in Museum Studies from George Washington University.
Introduction: What is “Museum Law”?
Chapter 1: Museum Organization and Governance
Chapter 2: Museum Personnel
Chapter 3: Museum Facilities
Chapter 4: Museum Intellectual Property
Chapter 5: Museum Collections
Chapter 6: Museum Funding
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Comprehensive and highly readable, Walter Lehmann’s new edition of Museum Administration: Law and Practice provides readers – lawyer and non-lawyer alike – an authoritative and also nuanced grounding in the organization and functioning of museums, with attention to critical issues of the day, such as governance, ethical conflicts, acquisitions and deaccessioning objects.