President :

  • Rina Pantalony, USA

Members :

Kidong Bae, Korea

Rachelle V. Browne, USA

Marie-Fran├žoise Delval, France

Willem Hekman, Netherlands/Canada

Lawrence M. Kaye, USA

Stephen J. Knerly, USA

John McAvity, Canada (past chair 2007-2014)

Jean-Jacques Neuer, France

Adrian Parkhouse, UK

Massimo Sterpi, Italy


Executive Council representatives (2013-2016):
Goranka Horjan, Croatia

Ex-Officio members:
Suay Aksoy, Turkey, ICOM President

Permanent Secretary for the Committee
France Desmarais, Secretariat

LEAC - Legal Affairs Committee

Topic : Legal Affairs

The Legal Affairs Committee (2014-2016) is a Technical Committee of ICOM to advise the Executive Council and the Advisory Committee of ICOM.

The purpose and missions of the Committee are to provide expertise on legal issues of interest to the museum community, such as but not limited to cultural heritage, intellectual property and information technology laws.

The Committee assists ICOM in advancing and promoting knowledge, best practices and informed action focusing on legal issues for museums and museum professionals. The Committee shall notably:

  • Advise the Executive Council and the Secretariat on legal issues topical, affecting museums, museum professionals, art and cultural heritage and more generally on legal issues in relation with ICOM stakes and challenges.
  • Provide opinio juris to ICOM and ICOM Members in order for them to act with due diligence with respect to legal matters.
  • Advocate on legal issues affecting the museum community.
  • Raise awareness on new legal issues interesting the museum community.