Court of Arbitration for Art

Court of Arbitration for Art

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A collaboration between the Authentication in Art (“AiA”) foundation and the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (“NAI”), the Court of Arbitration for Art (“CAfA”) is located in The Hague and is the first tribunal of its kind. CAfA was established in 2018 to hear art law disputes, exclusively. These disputes include authenticity disputes, ownership and contract matters, and intellectual property/trademark cases. CAfA aims to provide recourse to parties with art disputes to settle without needing to resort to traditional national courts. The legal difficulties evidenced in these cases emphasize the need for an international, neutral venue that employs arbitrators experienced in dealing with this kind of case. These cases appear with greater frequency in today’s increasingly globalized art market, as well as with the rising trend in high-quality, difficult-to-detect art forgery.