Illicit Traffic in Cultural Objects: Legislation, Conventions and Their Implementation
Webinar for Museum Workers

19 September 2021

During the webinar, Mr. Etienne Clement talked about the legal side of fighting the illicit traffic of cultural objetcs.

UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty continues a series of online capacity-building webinars for the museum workers from the states of Central Asia and Southern Caucases.

Theme: Illicit Traffic in Cultural Objects: Legislation, Conventions and Their Implementation.

Date: 16 September 2021.

Speaker: Mr. Etienne Clement, international lawyer from Belgium who joined UNESCO in 1984. He exercised various responsibilities in UNESCO until 2015 including the development of international standards on the protection of cultural heritage. This covered the protection of cultural heritage in the event of armed conflict, the fight against illicit traffic in cultural property and the protection of the underwater cultural heritage. He was also the Secretary of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation. Among other responsibilities, he was the Representative of UNESCO to Cambodia from 1998 to 2005, the Deputy Director of the Bangkok-based UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Asia and the Pacific from 2009 to 2013 and the Director of the Office for the Pacific States from 2013 to 2015. In 2019, he authored Countering Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Objects in South-East Asia: Capacity-building Guide and Methodologies, published by UNESCO Bangkok.

Previous webinars:

  • Evacuation and Emergency Rescue of Museum Collections and Objects (2021.02.11);
  • Inclusiveness in the Work of Museums (2021.02.25);
  • Travelling Exhibitions (2021.03.17);
  • Museum Labels: History, Methods and Approaches (2021.03.31);
  • Digitalization of Museums Collections and Procedures (2021.04.07);
  • The Work of ICOM Russia as a Tool to Strengthen the Museum Community (2021.04.09);
  • Digital Development of Museums and Libraries (2021.04.15);
  • Migration and Diversity as Part of Relevant Social Agenda in Museum Practices (2021.04.22);
  • Integrated Approach to Museum Inclusion (2021.05.13);
  • Textiles Conservation (2021.05.18);
  • Paper Conservation (2021.05.25);
  • Modern Multimedia Technologies that Attract, Educate and Entertain the Museum Visitors (2021.05.26);
  • How to Reach your Audience in a Creative Way? (2021.06.29);
  • Fighting Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Goods: the International Museum Communitys Engagement & ICOMs Actions (2021.08.19).

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