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Illicit Trafficking in Cultural Property


Cultural heritage is increasingly becoming prey to atrocious attacks aimed at eliminating the identity of peoples and communities. This course aims to accompany participants in the transversal analysis of the phenomenon of illicit trafficking in cultural property in its multiple dimensions: criminological, legislative, political, economic, cultural and ethical. The course develops as an immersive thematic path that combines the 'frontal' component and highly topical content with guided brainstorming activities, active reflection, critical analysis, viewing of videos in English, and pair/group work. 
The course includes a laboratory exercise on provenance research carried out in collaboration with Dr Christos Tsirogiannis, Forensic Archaeologist, Leader of the Working Group on Illicit Antiquities Trafficking of the UNESCO Chair on Threats to Cultural Heritage and Cultural Heritage-related Activities at the Ionian University.
The course will take place remotely, on the Google Meet platform allowing for continuous interaction with the Lecturer while staying comfortably at home.
The course is held by Prof. Alesia Koush in collaboration with Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis.


The course will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm from 2 May 2024 to 11 June 2024 for the total of 24 hours and will be held online on the Google Meet platform.


The course is open to all applicants; It is not necessary to have specific previous knowledge in the field, though any background knowledge would be a plus. The course is held in English, therefore a good working knowledge of the English language is recommended.
To attend the course you will need a PC or tablet with a stable internet connection and equipped with camera and microphone.

Special Offers 

  • Fee reduction of 20% for applicants who enrol before 2 Aprile 2024
  • Fee reduction of 30% for former students of postgraduate diploma courses and three-year vocational courses at the Institute
  • Fee reduction of 30% for members of Art Crime Project


All participants will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion of the course.



Programma del corso

During the course the following themes will be explored:
• actors in the illicit trafficking chain
• role of source, destination and transit countries
• overall economic value
• international, EU and national legislation
• law enforcement and police forces
provenance vs provenience; due diligence
• burden of proof
• case study of Italy and fight against La Grande Razzia
• case study of Iraq
• links with drug and arms trafficking, terrorism and money laundering
• forensic traceable liquid technology to protect archaeological heritage in high-risk areas
• ethical issues and damage to cultural heritage of humanity
• human rights implications


To begin the course registration procedure, simply click on the "Info and Costs" button and fill in the form with your information.
The Secretariat will send you an email with all the information necessary to complete the registration.
Participants are advised to register no later than two weeks before the start of the course. Registrations are accepted until all available places are filled.
Illicit Trafficking in Cultural Property
Online 1° edizione

Ente erogatore
Palazzo Spinelli Associazione

24 ore
dal 02/05/2024 al 11/06/2024

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