The Amelia Conference – 2022
ARCA’s Annual Interdisciplinary Art Crime Conference

Please join us on August 5-7, 2022, for our 11th annual conference on art and antiquities crime.

Amelia, Italy

5-7 August 2022

Chiostro Boccarini
Piazza Augusto Vera, 10
05022 Amelia TR








The Amelia Conference – 2022:
ARCA’s Annual Interdisciplinary Art Crime Conference

Conference Dates – August 5,6,7 2022
Conference Sessions – Collegio Boccarini Conference Hall
Adjacent to the Museo Civico Archeologico e Pinacoteca Edilberto Rosa
Amelia, Italy

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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 art crime conference begins again after a two-year hiatus due to COVID restrictions. 

This year’s event begins with an opening icebreaker cocktail on Friday, August 5, 2022 at an enchanting centuries-old Cistercian monastery located in the hamlet of Foce, a few kilometers from the centro storico of Amelia. This relaxed evening networking event gives Amelia Conference attendees and our speakers a relaxing moment to catch up with old acquaintances and network with new colleagues prior the serious discussions to be had during the weekend’s presentations at the conference venue.

At the heart of the Amelia Conference are two days devoted to presentations on Saturday and Sunday, August 6-6, 2022 selected through this Call to be 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, this 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 decade, 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. 

2022 Confirmed Speakers 

“Risky Business: The Under-regulated Trajectory from Art Financing to Digital Trading”
Margherita Barbagallo, Juris Doctor
Dragon Argent Limited, London
Member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (England & Wales), Member of the Law Society of Ontario (Canada), Committee Member of PAIAM (Professional Advisors to the International Art Market): Next Generation

“The Carabinieri Command of the Protection of Cultural Heritage, since 1969 Investigators at the Service of Art – The Italian Model of Contrasting the Trafficking of Cultural Goods: An Investigative Overview in Italy and Abroad“
Lt Col Guido Barbieri
Mar. Magg. Monica Satta

“The legislative framework governing a possible return of the Parthenon Marbles: the existing law and possibilities for the future”
Grace Boos, 
Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP

“Revealing and Reframing: A Nondestructive Technical Study of a Codex Falsification at the National Museum of the American Indian”
Leah Bright, MS Art Conservation
Objects Conservator, Smithsonian American Art Museum

“The barrier model against art crime“
Ibrahim Bulut, MSc
AnS Consultancy, Belgium

“Locked up with art. How to keep your visitors, staff and collection safe during a lockdown”
Kim Covent
Ghent Local Police, Belgium
Wesley De Smet, CPP
The Museum of Fine Arts Ghent, Belgium

“INTERPOL’s Stolen Works of Art Database and its new ID-Art“
Gonzalo Giordano
Criminal Intelligence Officer, Interpol – Works of Art Unit

“The New Art Crimes in the Metaverse #NFT”
Maria Goretti, Tai, LL.M. UCLA
The Intellectual Property Group, P.L.L.C., New York, NY and Washington, DC

“Creating in Hell: Ethical Ownership of Artworks Produced in Nazi Concentration Camps
Amy Grove, MA, Savannah College of Art and Design
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Professor of Art History: Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana-University Purdue-University Indianapolis, Previously CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center

“Coordinating, Cooperating and Combatting Art Crime: A Dutch Viewpoint”
Roos Hoek, Korps Nationale Politie

“Recent Trends in Antiquities Trafficking and New York Prosecution“
Apsara Iyer, Supervising Investigative Analyst
New York County District Attorney’s Office – Manhattan

“Crime groups as criminal entrepreneurs. Stealing heritage and cultural property: a case study”
John Kerr, PhD City, University of London
The University of Law, London

“Values informing the recovery of cultural objects in criminal proceedings”
Diogo Machado, MSc Transnational Crimes, Justice & Security
PhD Candidate, University of New South Wales

“Punishment vs. Reward: Analyzing Options in Art Theft Investigations and Recovery of Stolen Objects“
K.T. Newton, J.D. summa cum laude
United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

“Art and Money Laundering – Art Crime and Crimes Against Art Through Blockchain Based Currencies“
Natalie Olszowy, MRes Socio-Legal Studies
PhD Student, University of Exeter

“Police books, a forgotten tool to fight illicit trafficking of cultural goods“
Francisco José, Rufián Fernández, Archaeologist and PhD Candidate in Law
Municipal Police of Madrid

“The thin red line: new perspectives (and obstacles) for Foundations in combatting the illicit trade of artworks”
Federico Paesan, Attorney
Gianni & Origoni

“Beyond paint: What conservators and conservation can tell us about authenticity, interpretation and presentation in conservation-restoration“
Alexandra C. Taylor, MA Cultural Materials Conservation
University of Melbourne

“The 2022 Reform of Italian Cultural Heritage Criminal Law: A Crossroad of National, International and EU Inputs. Opportunities and Challenges”
Arianna Visconti, Associate Professor of Criminal Law
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

“Legal challenges in combatting art crime in the Netherlands and the necessity of international of cooperation”
Lisette Vos
Public Prosecutor the Netherlands

“The Crime Pattern Analysis of Heritage and Cultural Property Crime Burglaries in the UK“
Superintendent Carl Williams, PhD, Opal, West Mercia Police
Charlotte Horner-Hill, MA, Opal, West Mercia Police

Conference Registration Fees for 2022:
€150 for both days’ sessions for professionals, includes icebreaker cocktail.

€100 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 included entry to all conference sessions plus complimentary morning and afternoon refreshment breaks with coffee and light pastries.


Conference attendees are encouraged to book their lodgings at Monastero le Grazie, an enchanting centuries-old Cistercian monastery adjacent to the Church and Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie, built in 1300. This unique historic venue is located in the hamlet of Foce, just a few kilometers from the centro storico of Amelia.

Built for a Roman Catholic monastic order founded in 1098 by St. Bernard, those who joined the Cistercians sought to live a contemplative life in a protected oasis of peace and introspection, while offering refuge for pilgrims and weary travellers. Today, this historic former monastery has been converted into an evocative boutique events residence, and offers ARCA’s conference attendees a lodging experience in a spectacular setting unlike any other.

Lodgers at the Monastero le Grazie can choose rooms in one of 16 apartments spread out within the central body of the monastery and arranged on two floors, some with loft features overlooking common areas. Each of these once monastic apartments has been recently updated and contains from one to up to six comfortable bedrooms with adjacent communal living spaces. Many of the apartment bedrooms have private bathrooms (with bath or shower), hairdryer, courtesy kit and linen. Some second bedrooms are located on loft mezzanines overlooking common areas.

On site is a restaurant, a large swimming pool, breakout rooms, a large panoramic terrace and two hectares of garden where guests can walk.  As well as a peaceful, affordable base in beautiful surroundings, a stay in a monastery invariably means great food, too, and Italians have a saying: “Nobody eats better than a monk.”

Conference attendees making their lodging reservations at the Monastero will not only be supporting local Umbrian small business owners but have a chance to support and preserve a unique structure from Italy’s past. They will also be just steps away from the Friday Icebreaker Cocktail which will be held in the monastery’s garden and Saturday’s Gala Conference dinner at “Il Ristoro del Priore”.

Attendees selecting lodging at the Monastero will have breakfast included and will be provided with transport to and from the conference hall venue in the centro storico of Amelia (7 minutes away by car) on the morning and evening of Saturday and Sunday so as to be able to attend all conference sessions.

Due to the ARCA’s extremely limited operational budget, all participants attending the Amelia Conference are responsible for their own registration fees, travel and accommodation expenses travelling to, and while in, Italy. 

Accepted conference presenters will have conference registration fees waived and will be the Association’s invited guests for the Amelia Conference icebreaker cocktail on 5 August 2022.

 This is an informal evening prior the serious scientific discussions.whilst catching up with old acquaintances and networking with your colleagues. This is an informal evening prior the serious scientific discussions.

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