Next to the organization of multi-disciplinary and international symposia (twice a year) and the participation to the “Studies in Art Law”, the Art-Law Centre’s research activities consist of the direction of PhD theses (five at present) and its involvement in various research studies.
In particular, the Art Law Centre conducts a research study supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) on "Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms and Cultural Property", one of its outcomes being the ArThemis database.
Furthermore, the Centre is engaged in the supervision of several theses.
The Centre is working as a consultant in various institutions in Switzerland (the Federal Office of Culture, the cultural administration offices and museums of the cantons, the Swiss National Commission for UNESCO, etc.) and at the international level (UNESCO, UNIDROIT, ICCROM) in the context of specific projects (the UNESCO Committee of Experts, the Diplomatic Conference which led to the adoption of the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects, etc.).