Join us for a discussion of the Court of Arbitration for Art, featuring several of the attorneys involved in its founding and in crafting a set of Arbitration Rules that are tailored to addressing art-world disputes.
CAfA is the Court of Arbitration for Art. A joint initiative of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute and Authentication in Art led to the founding of CAfA. CAfA is founded to resolve disputes in the wider art community through mediation and arbitration. As such, it offers parties to administrate their arbitration and mediation proceedings with the assistance of the Secretariat of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute.
CAfA was founded in 2018 under the auspices of the Foundation Authentication in Art, based in The Hague and the Foundation Netherlands Arbitration Institute, based in Rotterdam.
CAfA’s aims, as a non-profit organization, are to promote arbitration and mediation and other lawful means to prevent, reduce and resolve disputes that arise in the wider art community, this also includes everything related to it or beneficial to it, everything in the broadest sense of the word.
William Charron is a partner and member of Pryor Cashman’s Litigation, Intellectual Property and Media + Entertainment Groups. He is also co-leader of the firm’s Art Law practice and represents clients in art disputes, including in particular title and authenticity cases. Working in conjunction with the NAI and AiA, he conceived of and formed a working group to design the Court of Arbitration for Art (where he is now a Board member). While his commercial litigation practice is diverse, it focuses on property rights cases in a number of contexts, including art, intellectual property matters arising under the Copyright and Lanham Acts, right of publicity and defamation laws, and real estate litigation.
Luke Nikas is a partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, who has been called one of the most “highly influential” art lawyers in the world after he led the defense in an art forgery case dubbed by ArtNews as “The Art Trial of the Century.” He has recovered priceless works of art by Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso; prosecuted and defended fraud, contract, negligence, and racketeering cases involving allegations of forgery and problematic provenance; and located stolen artwork in foreign jurisdictions and countries.
Megan Noh is a partner in Pryor Cashman's Art Law Group. With nearly 15 years of combined experience in private practice and both in-house legal and business positions in the auction world, Megan has extensive knowledge of the complex issues impacting today’s art market. Before moving into the auction sector, Megan focused on litigating matters on behalf of arts-industry clients. A recognized speaker on art authenticity and pre-transaction diligence, Megan lectures regularly for professional and academic audiences.
Judith Prowda is an attorney, mediator and arbitrator focused on art law, copyright, entertainment and commercial law. She is Senior Faculty member of the Art Business Program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and author of Visual Arts and the Law: A Handbook for Professionals (Lund Humphries 2013). She is a founding member of Stropheus Art Law, a collective of art law and business specialists who offer unbundled services to the art community. She is the long-standing Chair of New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Sections’s Committee on Fine Arts, and Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution.