Avant-Garde Lawyers believe artists should be able to claim strong levels of protection for their contribution to public debate and involvement in matters of general interest. To this end, we are using the law to protect and expand the space for artistic expression by challenging the status quo surrounding the legal treatment of art.
Our mission is threefold:
- connect at-risk artists with specialized legal support and engage in legal cases that have at their core the right to freedom of artistic expression
- offer legal advice to low-income artists regarding the rights they own in relation to their work and make sure they sign fair contracts and make informed decisions regarding the selling of their rights
- analyze the legal treatment of art before national and regional courts with a view to promoting the right to freedom of artistic expression as a distinct substantive legal category
To better perform our role and achieve our mission, we have established the International Network of Pro Bono Lawyers. Our Team complements the work of our pro bono law partners with legal expertise, relevant research and by acting as liaison between lawyers and artists.