The Amelia Conference – 2024
ARCA’s Annual Interdisciplinary Art Crime Conference

Please join us on June 21-23, 2024, for our 13th annual conference on art and antiquities crime.

Amelia, Italy

21-24 June 2024

Chiostro Boccarini
Piazza Augusto Vera, 10
05022 Amelia TR








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

Conference Dates – June 21 – 23 2024
Conference Sessions – Collegio Boccarini Conference Hall
Adjacent to the Museo Civico Archeologico e Pinacoteca Edilberto Rosa
Amelia, Italy

Register here:

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 Amelia Conference is scheduled for the weekend of June 21-23, 2024.

In keeping with our annual tradition, this year’s conference weekend will kick off with an opening themed icebreaker cocktail on Friday, June 21, 2024.  Held annually, this evening networking event gives all Amelia Conference attendees time to leisurely arrive to the city after flights, to check in to their lodgings, and to start their weekend off in an entertaining and relaxed social event atmosphere designed to allow everyone to get to know one another or to reconnect before the start of the conference’s busy weekend.  This Friday evening event includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and presents a chance for our attendees to engage with new colleagues as well as catch up with old prior to the serious discussions to be had during the weekend’s presentations at the conference venue.

At the heart of the Amelia Conference will be two days devoted to presentations on Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23, 2024, held in the Collegio Boccarini Conference Hall on topics of common concern in the field.

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

Geared towards international organisations, national enforcement agencies, scholars, cultural institutions, and private sector professionals in the art and antiquities protection fields, 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 promote greater awareness and understanding of the need for better protection of the world’s cultural patrimony.

Given the success of the Amelia Conference over the past twelve editions, it is important to recognise the growing interdisciplinary and international nature of this emerging field, the growing complexity of art and heritage crime, and the disciplines and subject matter experts who follow along and contribute within their areas of speciality.  With that in mind, this year’s conference will build upon topic-specific sessions designed to stimulate discussion and share learning on a series of topics of common concern. Some conference panels may feature more active panel debate about a session topic, or present various and/or contrasting perspectives about a topic.


Partial Confirmed Presenters List (others forthcoming)

The Victimization of Art: New Protection Strategies Against Vandalism in Museums
Catherine P. Foster
Partner, Argus Cultural Property Consultants, Washington DC

Where’s the Loot
Colonel Andrew Scott Dejesse
US Army CENTCOM CCJ5, Program Director, Strategic Initiatives Group, Amarillo
Marc Masurovsky, M.A.
Co-founder Holocaust Art Restitution Project, Washington DC

The European Union’s CULTNET: Building firewall networks to mitigate weakest links in art crime investigations 
Christine Casteels
Project Manager EU CULTNET
Member Driver team EMPACT CSE
Federal Judicial Police DJSOC – Belgium

Spain’s work on the recovery of five stolen paintings by Francis Bacon
Inspector Silvia Valencia Juez
Policía Nacional, Spain

A Canadian City’s Response to Cultural Property Crime
Lionel Doe, Training Constable, Toronto Police College
Toronto Police, Canada

Revealing Entangled Art Markets and Problematic Art Provenance through the Stendahl Art Galleries Records
Kylie King, M.A.
Pre-Hispanic Art Provenance Initiative, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

Repatriation in Two Acts: Identifying & Recovering Stolen Pages of 16th Century American Theatrical History
K.T. Newton, J.D.
Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadephia

Exploring Art Crime in Canada: Uncovering the Norval Morrisseau Forgery Ring
Lauren Elyse Gowler, LL.M. Candidate
Queen Mary University of London; The Institute of Art & Law, London

The Other Genocide of the Twentieth Century: Unique Challenges Facing Armenian Art Restitution
Madison A. King, MLitt, J.D., Litigation Attorney
Kolar and Associates, A Law Corporation, Los Angeles

Fighting Illicit Trafficking in Cultural Goods: RITHMS SNA-based Platform as an Innovative Tool to Dismantle Criminal Networks
Michela De Bernardin, Ph.D., Post-doc
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Venice

Interactions between Switzerland and EU’s Cultural Heritage Regulation against Illicit Trafficking in a Borderless Area. Latest Developments and Remaining Vulnerabilities
Katharina Nothnagel-Vivas, Ph.D. Candidate
King Juan Carlos University, Madrid

The Role of Vetting at Art Fairs in Tackling the Illicit Trade
Charlotte Chambers-Farah, LL.M.
The Art Loss Register, London

Making Sense of Fair Use in a Post-Warhol World
Judith B. Prowda, Esq.
Partner, Stropheus Art Law, New York City

Offende Principle and Aesthetic Judgment in (Street) Writing
Maria Di Maggio, Ph.D. Candidate in Criminal Law – Dipartimento Jonico in Sistemi Giuridici ed Economici del Mediterraneo – Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”, Bari

New Frontiers in Art Crime Encroaching on Old Borders: Protecting Artistic Innovation in the Digital Age
Cinnamon Stephens, J.D.
Owner, Kunst Mitos Consulting, Amsterdam
Fred Van de Walle, M.A.
Marine archaeological conservator, Switzerland

Ritratto di Gentiluomo con berretto nero: A Case Study on The Intersection of the Art Market and Cultural Heritage Protection
Serena Sancataldo, Ph.D. Candidate
Team member of the UNESCO Chair on Business Integrity and Crime Prevention in Art and Antiquities Market, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Criminal Law Department, Caserta

Explaining Money Laundering in the Art Market to a Jury: My Turn to Be on the Witness Stand
Jane Levine, J.D.
Partner and Co-founder Art Risk Group, New York

Smuggling across the ocean: Loschi’s Christ bearing the Cross in the Gardner Museum
Francesca Romana Gregori, Ph.D. Candidate
Università degli Studi di Milano Statale

Topic To be Announced
Mirko Marchitto, Maresciallo Ordinario, non-commissioned Officer specialised on CHP
Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage – Operational Department – Antiques Section, Rome

ARCA is a small civil society organisation.  Due to our extremely limited operational budget, all participants and presenters attending the Amelia Conference are responsible for their own registration fees, travel and accommodation expenses travelling to, and while in, Italy.


Conference Attendee Profile:

The 2024 conference is open to attendees from different disciplines, practitioners, and policy- and decision-makers as well as anyone with an interest in the protection of art and the complexity of art crimes. Registration for the event will remain open until June 15, 2024 subject to space limitations.


Conference Registration Fees for 2024:
€160 for both days’ sessions for professionals, includes icebreaker cocktail.

€110 for both days’ sessions for university students providing proof of current enrolment in an academic program, includes icebreaker cocktail.

€80 for both days’ sessions for university students providing proof of current enrolment in an academic program.

All registration fees include entry to all conference panel sessions plus complimentary morning and afternoon refreshment breaks with coffee, juice, and light pastries on Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon.   

Our Eventbrite conference registration is now open and can be accessed here.  


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