Legal help, for the love of art
The world of creativity knows no boundaries.
Neither do our legal strategies to protect and empower it.
We are a global network of art law and free speech lawyers protecting the rights of artists to imagine and create freely.
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We’re incredibly proud to have the United Nation’s support.
“The work of organizations like Avant-Garde Lawyers must continue and increase […]
All such efforts are essential and should be supported and magnified by other human rights groups.”
Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur in in the field of cultural rights
Recipient of the 2019 Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent
I couldn't have found better lawyers with their level of knowledge, commitment and respect for humanity.
Andra is an absolute expert in the field!"
AGL Featured For Its Work In Art Critique
27 December 2023
AGL HAS A NEW ART FELLOW!
1 December 2023
agl noMITATED AT pilnet forum 2023
16 October 2023
We are very honoured to be nominated for the PILnet Global Partnership Award Our project to provide specialised legal assistance to artists facing censorship or harassment was recognised alongside some groundbreaking global projects implemented by the most prestigious and largest law firms in the world!
"THE 'ART' OF DEFENDING ARTISTS 2.0"
15 September 2023
In 2023, AGL is offering ‘The Art of Defending Artists 2.0’, a refined version of the first Capacity Building course, after incorporating feedback from the first edition. The course will be taught online (over zoom) over a period of six weeks during the months of November and December. Experts shall deliver the courses in a manner that incorporates theoretical as well as practical learning, through the delivery of presentations, group exercises, and discussions, encouraging self-directed reading as well as analysis of case studies.
LEGAL ACTIONS FOR EGYPTIAN POET GALAL EL- BEHAIRY
14 June 2023
AGL submitted a complaint to the United Nations Working Group on arbitrary detention to take urgent action to ensure Galal’s right to life and to physical and mental integrity are respected and to secure his timely release. On 1 June 2023, Galal quit drinking water in addition to his hunger strike and there is concern over the grave consequences on his life and health.
WHITE PAPER: ARTISTS UNDER BOYCOTT
21 December 2022
In a “White Paper”, Avant-Garde Lawyers (AGL) called upon cultural institutions and cultural event organisers to respect the rights of Russian artists and to show leadership in defending the universal right to freedom of artistic expression without discrimination.