UNESCO and the ILLICID project

UNESCO has become partner of the ILLICID project, a transdisciplinary research project with a specific focus on illicit trafficking in Cultural Property from Iraq and Syria.  

With the central aim of knowledge sharing between several national and international institutions, this explorative programme envisages to gather systematic knowledge from academia and non-academic stakeholders. The plan is to develop new analytical instruments and research approaches to better identify trafficking networks and processes and to better understand financial flows in the field of organized crime and terrorism, as well as to develop a digital object depository to be used by law enforcement and customs authorities  

ILLICID was launched by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and will broadly cooperate with other ministries and federal entities with a mandate on the protection of cultural heritage. Under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Markus Hilgert, Director of the Ancient Near East Museum at the Pergamonmuseum, the project will run until 2018.

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