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Lauren Bursey

Associate, Professional Support Lawyer

Personal Profile

Lauren is an Associate Professional Support Lawyer for Art Law in Mishcon Private.

Lauren has experience in acting for a wide variety of clients ranging from companies to high-net-worth individuals to non-profits, across a range of US and international litigation and arbitration, with issues including trusts, art fraud, corporate takeovers, auctions, foreign jurisdiction, and intellectual property. She also has experience on non-contentious matters in all areas of the art market, museums, and cultural heritage, for galleries, auction houses, artists, collectors, foundations, and other public and private institutions. She frequently advises on provenance issues, import/export regulations, and US, UK, and international treaties regarding the art market.

She has published in US law review journals on foreign sovereign immunities, copyright, and art authentication committees, and has written articles for Artsy, World IP Review, and the Art and Cultural Heritage Law Newsletter of the American Bar Association Section of International Law on anti-money laundering regulations. She has also authored numerous notes on international art and cultural property disputes for the UNESCO-funded ArThemis database at the University of Geneva. Lauren has lectured at Columbia University's course Law & the Arts, ESCP Business School, Christie's Education, and the London School of Economics.

Lauren has maintained an active pro bono practice, which included advising and representing the High Seas Alliance in its advocacy with states and other stakeholders at the United Nations Intergovernmental Conference on Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction treaty negotiations. 

She is currently an Advocacy Committee Member of the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation; Member of the New York City Bar Association International Law Committee; and the Institute of Art and Law.

Lauren previously interned at the Office of General Counsel at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and with the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), part of the World Bank.

Lauren is a PhD Candidate at the London School of Economics, focusing on international cultural heritage law.

Career History

Admitted to New York Bar
Associate, Withers LLP (New York)
Associate, Mayer Brown LLP (Chicago)
Admitted to Illinois Bar
Graduate Intern. International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
London School of Economics and Political Science, PhD in Law, expected graduation 2024
Sciences Po, Paris, LLM in Transnational Arbitration and Dispute Settlement
DePaul University College of Law (Chicago), Juris Doctor; certificate in Intellectual Property: Arts and Museum Law, summa cum laude, admitted to the Order of the Coif
University of Geneva Summer School, International Cultural Heritage Law
University of Toronto, Trinity College, Honours Bachelor of Arts in History and Classics, with high distinction


Aritcles and Publications

  • Liability for consigned for loaned works as a result of protests at museums – In the Frame, Mishcon de Reya (author)
  • Colonial-Looted Cultural Objects in the United Kingdom, Santander Art and Culture Law Review (forthcoming 2023) (author)
  • Art Law – The Guide for Collectors, Investors, Dealers & Artists (Fifth Edition), Ralph E. Lerner, Judith Bresler, Diana Wierbicki (eds.) (contributor)
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