Cultural Property Crime

An Overview and Analysis on Contemporary Perspectives and Trends


Editors: Joris Kila and Marc Balcells
In Cultural Property Crime various experts in the fields of criminology, art law, heritage studies, law enforcement, forensic psychology, archaeology, art history and journalism provide multidisciplinary perspectives on today’s concept of cultural property crime, including art crime. In addition, the volume deals with international, legal and practical developments regarding the increasing criminalization of acts against cultural property in times of conflict. Attention is paid to the changing status and fluctuating appraisal of cultural property as subject to classical art crimes generally in peacetime and as an identity-related symbolic target during conflict. The book covers a wide range of topics such as forgeries, white-collar crime, archaeological looting and the impact of war on cultural heritage. ALSO AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK at a reduced price!
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Biographical Note

Joris Kila, PhD (Amsterdam, 2012) is researcher at the University of Vienna's Kompetenzzentrum Kulturgüterschutz and Editor in Chief of the Heritage and Identity series (Brill). He authored many publications on cultural property protection and received several awards for his book Heritage under Siege. Marc Balcells, MA, is a senior researcher at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and a Fulbright scholar. He holds degrees in Law, Criminology and Human Sciences, and masters both in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. Contributors are: Marc Balcells, Neil Brodie, Toby Bull, Duncan Chappell, Terressa Davis, Petrus van Duyne, Derek Fincham, John M. Fossey, Stefan Gruber, Damien Huffer, Saskia Hufnagel, Joris D. Kila, Frans Koenraadt, Thierry Lenain, Tanya K. Lervik, Lena Louwe, Simon Mackenzie, Stefano Manacorda, Kenneth Polk, Henk Schutten, Melvin Soudijn and Donna Yates.

Review Quote

" Overall, the book provides a kaleidoscopic vision of what we know as Art Crime, offering a balanced combination of theory and practice, using both current and historic cases. (...) This book has given us a new insight into the thinking of those who use their intellectual and professional capacity to try to keep the dark side at bay. Like the previous volumes [in the series], this new book is essential reading." Ignacio Rodríguez-Temiño, AP: Online Journal in Public Archaeology 5 (2015), pp. 203-205.

Table of contents

Contents Preface: Criminology in Art Crime: Some Lessons for the Legislators Stefano Manacorda List of Contributors Part 1- Art Theft 1 Art Theft and Time Limits for Recovery: Do the Facts of the Crime Fit the Limits in Law? Kenneth Polk and Duncan Chappell Part 2 - The Relationship between Cultural Heritage Crimes and Organized Crime 2 Displacement, Deforestation, and Drugs: Antiquities Trafficking and the Narcotics Support Economies of Guatemala Donna Yates Part 3 - Fakes and Forgeries 3 The Narrative Structure of Forgery Tales Thierry Lenain 4 Forge and Export: The Trade in Fake Antiquities from China Toby Bull and Stephan Gruber Part 4 - Art and White-Collar Crime 5 Money, Art, and Laundering: Coming to Grips with the Risks Petrus C. van Duyne, Lena Louwe, and Melvin Soudijn 6 Art Crime as White-Collar Crime Marc Balcells 7 Art Fraud in Germany: Lessons Learned or the Fast Falling into Oblivion? Saskia Hufnagel 8 Corruption from the Top: The Getty and Caligula’s Legacy Tanya K. Lervik and Marc Balcells 9 An Inside Job? The Case of Robert Noortman Henk Schutten and Petrus C. van Duyne Part 5 - Armed Conflicts and Cultural Property 10 From Crimes against Art to Crimes against Cultural Property: New Perspectives and Dimensions in Art Crime Joris D. Kila 11 Illicit Traffic in Antiquities: Some Canadian Experiences John M. Fossey 12 The Gurlitt Case: German and International Responses to Ownership Rights in Looting Cases Duncan Chappell and Saskia Hufnagel Part 6 - Archaeological Looting 13 The Internet Market in Pre-Columbian Antiquities Neil Brodie 14 Local and International Illicit Traffic in Vietnamese Cultural Property: A Preliminary Investigation Damien Huffer and Duncan Chappell 15 Crime and Conflict: Temple Looting in Cambodia Tess Davis and Simon Mackenzie 16 Transnational Forfeiture of the Getty Bronze Derek Fincham Part 7 - Art Vandalism 17 On Art, Crime, and Insanity. The Role and Contribution of Mental Disorders Frans Koenraadt Conclusion: Cultural Property Crime Joris Kila and Marc Balcells Index


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