Dr Katharina Garbers-von Boehm is a lawyer focusing on art law, intellectual property law and technology-related matters.
In her art law practice, her clients include family offices, private individuals, artists, galleries, art dealers and advisers, banks, corporate collections, artists’ heirs, collectors’ heirs and authors (advisory work and litigious matters as well as mediation). She has been recognised by Best Lawyers for art law since 2017 and is ranked in Band 1 of the Chambers HNW guide to art and cultural property law advisers.
She is a co-author of Praxishandbuch Recht der Kunst (C H Beck Verlag, 2019), for which she wrote chapters on looted art, export restrictions and auctions, as well as a chapter on financial transactions relating to artworks. In addition, she is a co-author of what is still the only commentary on the German Cultural Property Protection Act (C H Beck Verlag, 2018), for which she wrote the chapters on the import of cultural goods and on listing proceedings. Katharina has also published extensively in relevant journals.
She is a frequent speaker and panellist at international conferences (e.g., at the IBA’s Art, Cultural Institutions and Heritage Law Committee, at UIA’s art law committee, at the art law conference of the Venice Chamber of Arbitration and the annual conference of the German Arbitration Institute, as well as the art law conference of the Federal Bar Association).
For many years, her practice has included arbitration and mediation in different domestic and international matters in relation to intellectual property and art law. She was appointed to the original CAfA arbitration and mediation pools in January 2020.
She is a member of various legal and cultural national and international institutions, in some of which she has board functions. She was elected to the advisory board of a midsize industrial company in Germany in 2019.
Katharina’s educational background includes: law studies in Heidelberg and Berlin followed by a doctorate on the digitisation of museum archives; an LLM in international studies in intellectual property (Exeter and Dresden); a master of laws (specialisation in business law) from Paris II Panthéon-Assas University; and completion of the diploma in art law offered by the Institute of Art and Law (United Kingdom).