Elizabeth Varner

Washington, DC

Elizabeth Varner is an Adjunct Professor of Law, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She teaches Art, Museum, and Cultural Heritage Law in the Fall and Entertainment Law in the Spring. She has taught at IU McKinney since 2013 and has an online Arbitrating Cultural Heritage Disputes class with the American Arbitration Association that she co-taught. Ms. Varner previously taught a class on the business of museums at Johns Hopkins University Graduate Museum Program.


She currently is a Staff Curator where she assists with guiding the management and use of over 202 million cultural and natural history objects. In this position, she works with over 900 partners to care for the collections, develop policy, and assist with legal issues. She is also an artist and neutral mediator/arbitrator.


Ms. Varner is on the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation board; the American Alliance of Museums’ Leadership and Management Network Executive Committee and Curatorial Ethics Subcommittee; and the College Art Association’s Intellectual Property Committee.  She formerly was executive director of two museums for over seven cumulative years.


Ms. Varner specializes in arbitration, business, cultural heritage, entertainment, intellectual property, international, and military law as well as cultural heritage administration.



  • Arbitrating Cultural Heritage
  • Arbitrating Cultural Heritage Disputes

Upcoming Sessions

Course TitleLocationDatesFormatStatusView
Arbitrating Cultural Heritage Disputes-Recorded WebinarOPEN