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The Amelia Conference:
ARCA’s Annual Interdisciplinary Art Crime Conference


Conference Dates – June 22-24, 2018
Location – Collegio Boccarini Conference Hall
Adjacent to the Museo Civico Archeologico e Pinacoteca Edilberto Rosa
Amelia, Italy


In celebration of ARCA’s 10th anniversary of advancing knowledge in the fields of art and heritage crime and protection, we are pleased to announce the following speakers for ARCA’s annual Amelia Conference.

“Building Trust And Collaboration Into Illicit Trafficking Training Experiences, Challenges, Similarities, and Opportunities for Source Countries”
Samer Abdel Ghafour
Consultant, UNESCO, 1970 Convention
Movable Heritage and Museums Section, Culture Sector
Founder, ArchaeologyIN

“Cooperation Across Borders: When Crowd-sourced Heritage-Recovery, Collaborative Policing, and the Museum Community Work Together”
Lynda Albertson, CEO – Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA)
France Desmarais, Director of Programmes and Partnerships – International Council of Museums (ICOM)
Martin Finkelnberg, Head of the Art and Antique Crime Unit – National Criminal Intelligence Division, National Police of the Netherlands
S. Vijay Kumar, Founder – India Pride Project

“Cyrenaican Sculptures: From Tombs to the Internet”
Morgan Belzic
Mission Archéologique Française en Libye
Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art

“What can the EU do? Follow up to the seminar on “blood antiquities” organised on 30-31 May in Brussels”
Elie Cavigneaux, Adviser to the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, Council of the European Union, General Secretariat, Office of the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator

“The Statue of a Victorious Country: The Fate of L’Atleta di Fano”
Lorenzo D’Ascia, Attorney, dell’Avvocatura di Stato,
Maurizio Fiorilli, Emeritus, Vice Avvocato Generale dello Stato – Roma
Stefano Alessandrini, Consultant to the Avvocatura dello Stato, Italy and the Ministero per i Beni Culturali e Ambientali – Rome

“Museums on the Edge – Protecting Culture from the Crossfire of Conflicts and Traffic”
France Desmarais, Director of Programmes and Partnerships, ICOM

“Mercosur, Unasur and Brazilian Diplomatic Measures for the Prevention and Fighting of Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property: Purposes, Strategies and Activities of the Recently Created Multilateral and National Specialized Committees”
Anauene Dias Soares, Master of Laws
University of São Paulo
Luiz Guilherme de Souza Piagentini, Master Student
University of São Paulo

“The Complexity of Control: An Evaluation of the Discourse Between Regulation and Deterrence in the Future Economics of the International Art Market”
Garath Fletcher, Sotheby’s Institute

“The Emerging Tertiary Art Market: What Does it Mean for Provenance Research?“
Angelina Giovani, Partner Flynn & Giovani

“Targeting Money Laundering in the Art Market: A UK Perspective“
Saskia Hufnagel
Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law and Co-Director of the Criminal Justice Centre (CJC), Queen Mary University of London
Colin King
Reader in Law, Sussex Law School

“From Cultural Human rights to the Right to Culture: Applying a Human Rights-based Approach to the Case of Illicit Trafficking“
Alesia Koush,
CAMNES Center for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and ICOMOS Italy

“From Temples to Galleries: the Disturbingly Easy and Flourishing International Trade of Indian Art and Antiquities“
S. Vijay Kumar
Founder, India Pride Project,

“Big Data vs. Antiquities Trafficking”
Aaron Mannes
ISHPI Information Technologues

“Beyond the Washington Principles”
Marc Masurovsky
Acting Director, ERR Project
Co-founder – Holocaust Art Restitution Project

“The Washington Principles – Can They Be More Widely Applied to Restitution?”
James Ratcliffe
General Counsel & Director of Recoveries – The Art Loss Register

“20 Years of Lessons Learnt: Can the Washington Principles be Applied to Looted Antiquities?”
Fionnuala Rogers, Consultant – Constantine Cannon, Art & Cultural Property Group
Till Vere Hodge, Associate – Constantine Cannon, Art & Cultural Property Group

“The Collectors’ Viewpoint”
Angela Saltarelli
Lawyer, Chiomenti

“The 1995 UNIDROIT Convention – uniform law, the response?”
Marina Schneider, Senior Legal Officer and Treaty Depositary – UNIDROIT (International Institute for the Unification of Private Law)

“Countering Antiquities Trafficking – When a Nation’s Cultural Heritage Is At Risk”
Comando Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio Culturale

“Beyond Provenance: Due Diligence, Risk, and Transparency in the Art Market”
Abby Stanglin, Associate Managing Director – K2 Intelligence
Victoria Sears Goldman, Analyst – K2 Intelligence

“New Tools for Detecting Problematic Provenances: Voyant-Tools Whitelists In Automating Verification of Red Flag Names”
Laurel Zuckerman

“Poland as a Case Study on How the Washington Principles Have Failed”
Yagna Yass-Alston, MA
Provenance Researcher

Held in the beautiful town of Amelia, Italy, the seat of ARCA’s summer-long Postgraduate Certificate Program in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection, the Association’s annual conference consists of association-hosted plenary sessions on Friday, June 22, 2018, followed by an opening Speakeasy-themed cocktail later that evening.  This welcome icebreaker networking party is open for all Amelia Conference attendees and provides a relaxing moment for attendees to get to know one another outside the formalities of the conference venue.

At the heart of the conference are two days of panel sessions held on Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, 2018 devoted to topics of common concern in the field.

ARCA’s annual Amelia Conference serves as an arena for intellectual and professional exchange and highlights the Association’s mission to facilitate a critical appraisal of the need for protection of art and heritage worldwide. Over the course of one weekend annually, ARCA’s summer conference serves as a forum to explore the indispensable role of detection, crime prevention, scholarly and criminal justice responses, at both the international and domestic level, in combatting all forms of art crime and the illicit trafficking in cultural property.

Geared towards international organizations, national enforcement agencies, academics, and cultural institutions working in the field, and private sector professionals involved in the art and antiquities market, the Amelia Conference follows a long-established commitment by the Association to examine contemporary issues of common concern in an open, non-combative, multi-disciplinary format, in order to build capacity in the field. In doing so, we seek to promote a greater awareness and understanding of the need for better protection of the world’s cultural patrimony.

For those attendees who wish to stay a bit longer in Italy, this summer’s conference will be held alonside a five-day joint ARCA-HARP Provenance Training course, “Provenance and the challenges of recovering looted assets”, for those who wish to delve into collection history concerns. 

Registration for the 2018 Amelia Conference is now open via Eventbrite.


€120 for both days’ sessions for professionals

€70 for both days’ sessions for university students providing proof of current enrollment in an academic program.

Registration fees include entry to all conference sessions plus complimentary morning and afternoon refreshment breaks with coffee and light pastries. Registration for this event will remain open until June 15, 2018 subject to space limitations.

Optional Events with Fees (payable on site):

✾ Themed “End of Prohibition” ice-breaker cocktail reception on Friday, June 22nd
✾ Picnic lunch in the 14th century cloister of San Francesco on Saturday, June 23rd
✾ Italian “Slow Food” dinner on Saturday, June 23rd
✾ Picnic lunch in the 14th century cloister of San Francesco on Sunday, June 24th

The 2018 conference is open to attendees from different disciplines, practitioners, and policy decision-makers as well as anyone with an interest in the protection of art and the complexity of art crimes.

For further information about the 2018 Amelia Conference please write to us at:


italy.conference (at)



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