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Art, Crime and Criminals: Painting Fresh Pictures of Art Theft, Fraud and Plunder

7 September 2017

Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Venue: Federal Ministry of Finance, Wilhelmstr. 97, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Organised by Professor Duncan Chappell, Dr Saskia Hufnagel and Ms Marissa Marjos.

Dr. Saskia Hufnagel and Prof Duncan Chappell have been awarded funding by the Arts & Humanities Research Council to put together a workshop series on Art Crime. We would like to invite you to attend the third and upcoming workshop on September 7-8 2017 being held at German Ministry of Finance in Berlin.

This inaugural workshop aims specifically at discussions in the area of plunder, looting and destruction.The workshop will be structured around a number of presentations by prominent actors in the field, but the main parts are discussions around the topic between all participants.

The aim of the workshop series is to encourage interdisciplinary research, cross-jurisdictional sharing of knowledge and exchange of ideas between academics, practitioners and policy makers.

Art crime traverses both academic disciplines and jurisdictional boundaries. Academics within the various disciplines do not often engage with each other. Practitioners equally come from various backgrounds, such as, police, customs, museums, galleries, auction houses, dealerships, insurance companies, art authenticators, forensic scientists, private security companies etc. These groups rarely work together and it could even be said that there is a high level of distrust and misunderstanding between them.

The proposed network not only aims at bringing the different players together, but also establishes a communication platform that will ensure their engagement beyond the three workshops. Organisations invited to the workshop include: Metropolitan Police, Carabinieri, Interpol, Europol, The Art Loss Register, Art Recovery International, Private Policing Sector, Historic England, Artists, Insurance Sector, Clerics, Journalists, Association of Chiefs of Police, MPs, Academics from various disciplines, Art Dealers and many more.


  • Samer Abdel Ghafour (UNESCO)
  • Francoise Bertolotti (Interpol)
  • Maryia Polner (WCO)
  • Stefano Alessandrini (Consultant to the Avvocatura dello Stato, Italy and the Ministero per i Beni Culturali e Ambientali – Rome)
  • Claudia von Selle (Zschunke Law Firm Berlin/Paris)
  • Patty Gerstenblith (DePaul University, Chicago)
  • Robert Kugler (Höly, Rauch & Partner Law Firm Berlin)
  • Bonnie Magness-Gardiner (FBI)
  • Lynda Albertson (ARCA)
  • Sam Hardy (American University of Rome)
  • Duncan Chappell (University of Sydney)
  • Damien Huffer (Stockholm University)
  • Valerie Higgins (American University of Rome)
  • Laurie Rush (US Army, Fort Drum and Blue Shield)
  • Joris Kila (University of Vienna)
  • Stefan Gruber (Kyoto University)
  • Donna Yates (University of Glasgow)
  • Helen Walasek (Independent researcher, London)
  • Michaela Boland (Journalist, The Australian)
  • Vicki Oliveri (University of Western Sydney)
  • Ken Polk (University of Melbourne

More information about the event.


For directions to the venue, please refer to the map.

How to book

This event is free but prior booking is required. Register online via Eventbrite.


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