AGL DEFENDS ARTISTS ACROSS THE WORLD
"Every work of art is an uncommitted crime."

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Avant-Garde Lawyers (AGL) is a global network of specialized lawyers committed to defending artists and their right to free expression.

We provide high-level legal assistance to artists regarding the rights they own and access to justice to artists unable to afford it.

Our legal services are available for individual artists as well as organizations representing artists.

 

ARE yOU AN ARTIST tHAT NEEDS LEGAL HELP?

ARE YOU A LAWYER INTERESTED IN HELPING THE ARTISTIC COMMUNITY?

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

AGL in Singapore

coming in November 2019

AGL Director speaks at the 2019 PILnet Global Forum, the Global Network for Public Interest Law. Ms. Matei will be in Singapore on 12 November alongside Sarah Belal, Kimberley Motley and Malathi Das to discuss law as a force for good. Read more about the event here.

AGL at the European Court for Human Rights

coming in March 2020

In March 2020, AGL delivers the next series of workshops for the lawyers of the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights. The course explores the question of legal-moral constraints on the free speech of artists. Read what former participants say here.

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AGL in Venice

coming in June 2020

Join Avant Garde Lawyers, Artist at Risk Connection (ARC) of PEN America, and Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression for the first Art Law Forum taking place on the 4 and 5 June 2020, in Venice, Italy.

LATEST NEWS

 

Final ruling in the case of Korean graffiti artist Taeyoung Jeong

October 28th 2019.

AGL’s defense team succeeded to avert a prison sentence of one year for the Korean graffiti
artist, Taeyoung Jeong! AGL argued for the first time in a court of law that graffiti is a form of social and political commentary deserving of protection under Korean constitutional law, and international human rights law. Read more about Taeyoung’s case. Read about “agl and graffiti

Art under pressure: decree 349 restricts creative freedom in cuba

March 4th 2019.

AGL Director co-authors white paper on Cuba’s recent Decree 349. If you’d like to know how this piece of legislation codifies and institutionalizes flagrant restrictions on free speech, free association and creative expression in Cuba read the white paper here.

Joint Statement at the Human Rights Council's 40th session in Geneva

March 1st 2019.

Avant-Garde Lawyers, Artists at Risk Connection and Freemuse call for the adoption by the Human Rights Council of a United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Artists. The joint statement was made during the interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights during, Karima Bennoune. Read the statement here.

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