EVENT: Looting and Trafficking in International Art Treasures

Image6pm Tues 06 August -The plunder of art has a long if not venerable history. Both the Greeks and Romans acquired art as part of the booty of war- a practice which was replicated by later conquerors like Napoleon who stocked The Louvre Museum with the fruits of his campaigns across Europe. More recently, the Nazi’s seized an immense quantity of art during the course of their World War II European rampage. Disputes concerning the repatriation of this looted art to its former and predominately Jewish owners continue to the present day.

Since World War II the international community has begun to recognise that the plunder or destruction during war of cultural heritage objects like art can amount to a crime against humanity. There has also been a growing movement to afford general protection to cultural heritage objects against other forms of theft and disturbance through international treaties and conventions. These developments form the substance of this special AIIANSW event, which will also inform on the nature and scope of the international trafficking of looted art. There will be a special emphasis on the trade in the South East Asian region, where Australia represents one of the favoured destinations for stolen cultural heritage objects.

*See attached background relating to art crime published earlier this year by the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art (ARCA)http://www.artcrimeresearch.org/

Our speaker on this fascinating subject is Professor Duncan Chappell, who is best known as an eminent Australian and international lawyer and criminologist. He is also a senior member of the AIIA NSW. Recently he has taken a special interest in the criminal trafficking of art, and earlier this year attended a major international conference on the subject.

Professor Chappell is adjunct professor, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney as well as holding the position of professorial fellow at the University of Wollongong’s Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention. In 2007 he was the acting director of the University of Sydney’s Institute of Criminology. He is a former president (2001-2006) of the New South Wales Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT), and also of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal based in London (2001-2005). He is also a past member of the NSW Law Reform Commission (2002-2006).

Entry:  AIIA NSW members: $15.00; Senior/student members $10.00

           Visitors:  $25.00; Student visitors $15.00

Book now: http://aiia.asn.au/nsw-events/event/767-looting-and-trafficking-in-international-art-treasures

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