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9th International Symposium on the Theft of and Illicit Traffic in Works of Art, Cultural Property and Antiques

11-13 March 2015, Lyon, France

The illicit trafficking in cultural objects is a problem that affects both developed and developing countries alike. It is driven by a demand within the art market and has become more prevalent due to the improvement in transport, the opening of international borders and political and religious instability in some regions.

This three-day symposium brought together specialists from INTERPOL member countries to share their experience of cooperation in investigations and legal proceedings with regard to offenders involved in cases of cultural property trafficking.

The event drew attention to current issues regarding the theft, forgery/counterfeiting of and illicit traffic in works of art, cultural property and antiques and enabled the international police community, together with other concerned agencies and organizations, to discuss ways to tackle this type of crime.