Current research

On this page you will find some of the current research being conducted on illicit trafficking of cultural property.

Trafficking Culture is an international research consortium that conducts evidence-based research on global contemporary trafficking of cultural property.

Blue Shield is an international organization engaged in preserving archival materials from for example Syria

Unesco about protecting cultural heritage in Syria.

Unesco (PDF-dokument) about protecting cultural property in Iraq.

Information in English and Arabic from the Directorate-General of Antiquities & Museums, Syria

Report (PDF-dokument): "Damage Assessment in Babylon" Irak

Observatory Illicit Traffic includes: questions/answers on illicit trafficking, examples of good practice and a word list.


Online resources from the Getty Research Institute


Countering Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods - The Global Challenge of Protecting the World's Heritage (PDF-dokument)

List of Contributors:

Neil Brodie, Senior Research Fellow, the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow.

Brian I. Daniels, Director of Research and Programmes, Penn Cultural Heritage Centre at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Lecturer, Rutgers University. Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution.

Tess Davis, Researcher, the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow.

France Desmarais, Director of Programmes and Development, ICOM

Monica Hanna, Manager, Egypt's Heritage Task Force

Katharyn Hanson, Fellow, Penn Cultural Heritage Centre at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution, Visiting Scholar, the Geospatial Technologies Project at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Samuel Andrew Hardy, Adjunct Faculty, the American University of Rome. Honorary Research Associate, the UCL Institute of Archaeology. Research Associate, the UCL Centre for Applied Archaeology.

Augustin Lazăr, General Prosecutor, the Prosecutor's Office attached to Alba Iulia Court of Appeal, Romania. Professor, the University of Alba Iulia. Senior Editor, Universul Juridic Publishing House, Bucharest.

Michel L'Hour, Director, Département des recherches archéologiques subaquatiques et sous-marines (DRASSM)

Simon Mackenzie, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Professor of Criminology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Robert Peters, Legal Officer, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Berlin, Germany.

Laurie Rush, anthropologist and archaeologist serving as a US Army civilian in support of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York. Board Member, the US Committee of the Blue Shield.

Marina Schneider, Senior Legal Officer, the Secretariat of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT).

Assad Seif, Archaeologist, the Directorate General of Antiquities (DGA) within the Lebanese Ministry of Culture

St John Simpson, Senior Curator, the British Museum.

Guy Tubiana, Reserve Police Force Commander/Museum Security Expert, the French Ministry of Culture.

Donna Yates, Lecturer in Social Sciences and Arts, the University of Glasgow.

Günther Wessel, journalist, Berlin. Author, Das schmutzige Geschäft mit der Antike. Der globale Handel mit illegalen Kulturgütern / The Dirty Antiquities Business: On the Global Trade in Illicit Cultural Goods (2015).