A training workshop for European judiciary and law enforcement

In November 2018, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the Secretariat of the 1970 Convention welcomed, for the first time, nearly 60 European judiciary and law enforcement officials for a training workshop dedicated to the fight against trafficking of cultural property.

The aim of the meeting was to train the professionals on legal instruments and practical tools designed to prevent the illicit trafficking of cultural goods, particularly that originating from countries affected by conflicts or natural disasters.

Over three days, the attendees had the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge thanks to the targeted presentations of national experts and through contact with UNESCO's partner organizations involved in the fight against trafficking of cultural property, such as INTERPOL, UNIDROIT, EUROPOL, EUROJUST and WCO.

This theoretical learning has been complemented by case studies and exchange sessions that allowed participants and speakers to express their views on the obstacles commonly encountered within the international judicial and law enforcement cooperation and to put forward proposals to improve its effectiveness. 

At the end of the training, judiciary, customs and police officers were able to pass on the skills they acquired to their colleagues and thus ensure the continuity of this awareness-raising initiative once the seminar was completed.

Furthermore, in agreement with its partners, the Secretariat of the 1970 Convention has decided to provide a broader audience with some of the contents used during the workshop, in order to enable everyone to understand the issues relating to this crime of organized crime (see below).

In addition to this, the creation of a specific platform bringing together documentary resources and the last news is currently under consideration in the framework of the latest joint initiative between UNESCO and the European Union.

Contents :

Antonio ROMA VALDES,  Fiscal Coordinator of Cooperation among Judicial Systems, EL PAcCTO, Kingdom of Spain : click here to see the presentation.

Marja VAN HEESE,  Senior Inspector,  Heritage Inspection / Collections & Archives, Kingdom of the Netherlands: click here to see the presentation.

Yann BRUN,  Safety Advisor at the Mission of Safety, Security and Accessibility at the French Ministry of Culture, French Republic : click here to see the presentation.

Marina SCHNEIDER, Senior Legal Officer and Treaty Depositary, UNIDROIT : click here to see the presentation.

Dennis COSGROVE, Head of Border Security and Management Unit, Transnational Threats Department, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) : click here to see the presentation.

Jagganaden MUNEESAMY,  Trial Layer, International Criminal Court (ICC) : click here to see the presentation.

Giacomo ZUCCHELLI, Policy advisor to MEP Alessia Mosca, European Parliament co-rapporteur on Regulation on the Import of Cultural Goods : click here to see the presentation.

Angelo FELICETTI, Expert, UNSMT: click here to see the presentation.

Chiara BELLANI, Representative of DG Education and Culture, European Commission : click here to see the presentation.

Michael WILL, Organized Property Crime Unit, EUROPOL : click here to see the presentation.

Click here to see the outcomes of the training workshop.



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