In recent years cultural sites and heritage locations have become targets for political opponents, extremists, terrorists, opportunists and criminals, people who want to exploit them in order to make a symbolic statement or simply to make money. Such attacks endanger life, damage important symbols of cultural identity and economically undermine the tourism industry of many countries.

With these considerations in mind, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), in cooperation with the Graduate School at The American University of Rome (AUR), is organizing the first edition of the Specialized Course on Cultural Heritage, Crime and Security - Protecting our Past to Invest in our Future which will be delivered online, from 14 to 18 December 2020.

The course will provide participants with a fundamental understanding of heritage crime and how heritage organisations, law enforcement bodies and judicial systems are responding to the issue. The course curriculum is likely to include the following topics:

  • Protection of cultural property: the international legal framework
  • Countering looting
  • Understanding criminal trafficking networks
  • Tourism security plans: the importance of the protection of cultural heritage
  • Armed conflicts, peacebuilding and the protection of cultural heritage
  • Protecting museums and heritage sites
  • Heritage and stability policing
  • Building communities and supporting development through cultural heritage

The Specialized Course offers professional, legal, social, scientific and academic perspectives through live webinars, group discussions, dynamic case studies, individual readings, and practical exercises. The faculty is composed of leading scholars and academics from AUR and other universities, as well as international legal experts from the United Nations system, international and non-governmental organizations, and civil society.

Through a dedicated online platform, participants will have the opportunity to interact with internationally recognized experts and peers from all over the world, so to build lasting professional relationships. This experience fosters intercultural dialogue and promotes a deeper understanding of the most salient issues faced by the international community in relation to cultural heritage, crime and security.

Further details of the course and an application form can be found on the following websites:

http://www.unicri.it/specialized-course-cultural-heritage-crime-and-security

https://www.onuitalia.it/specialized-course-on-cultural-heritage-crime-and-security-protecting-our-past-to-invest-in-our-future/