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How to Control the Internet Market in Antiquities? The Need for Regulation and Monitoring

Policy Brief No. 3 July 2017 By Neil Brodie Illicit antiquities, some pilfered from war zones where jihadist groups operate, are increasingly finding their way online where they are being snapped up by unknowing buyers and further driving the rampant plunder of archaeological sites. These internet sales are spurring a vicious cycle: increasing demand

How Can We Fund the Fight Against Antiquities Looting and Trafficking? A “Pollution” Tax on the Antiquities Trade

Policy Brief No. 2 December 2016 Lawrence Rothfield Almost every nation has laws against looting, smuggling, and trafficking in antiquities, supplemented by international bans and bilateral interdictions. Yet the playing field remains badly tilted against the site guards, customs officials, antiquities police, and prosecutors charged with enforcing these laws, in large part because

How to End Impunity for Antiquities Traffickers: Assemble a Cultural Heritage Crimes Prosecution Team

Policy Brief No. 1 November 2016 By Ricardo "Rick" St. Hilaire In just the last decade, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recovered and returned more than 7,500 illicit artifacts to thirty countries, as part of its fight against the global traffic in cultural heritage. Restituting this stolen property has done much

Antiquities Coalition Launches New Think Tank Promoting Innovative Solutions to Combat Cultural Racketeering

Releases First in Series of Policy Briefs. First calls for Department of Justice to Play Leadership Role in this Global Fight The Antiquities Coalition today launched a Cultural Heritage Think Tank to explore innovative solutions to pressing challenges in cultural heritage, publishing the first in a new series of policy briefs by distinguished specialists from