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ISPAC International Conference on “Protecting Cultural Heritage as a Common Good of Humanity: a Challenge for Criminal Justice”


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15-12-2013 ISPAC International Conference on “Protecting Cultural Heritage as a Common Good of Humanity: a Challenge for Criminal Justice”


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Courmayeur Mont Blanc, 13-15 December 2013


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Through ISPAC’s Conference on “Protecting Cultural Heritage as a Common Good of Humanity: a Challenge for Criminal Justice” the indispensable role of crime prevention and criminal justice responses in combating all forms of trafficking in cultural property and related offences has been explored in a comprehensive and effective manner. The need for States to consider reviewing their legal frameworks, in order to provide the most extensive international cooperation to fully address trafficking in cultural property; the possibility for national jurisdictions to make trafficking in cultural property (including stealing and looting at archaeological and other cultural sites) a serious crime, as well as to fully utilize the UNTOC for the purpose of extensive international cooperation; finally, the importance of a speedy and effective finalization of the Guidelines, on the basis of the work carried out in the last years. Further issues worth consideration have been addressed such as the need for credible and comparable data on different aspects of crimes against cultural property, including the links with transnational organized crime and the laundering of illicit proceeds, as well as the benefits of collecting and comparing best practices both in the public and in the private sector.