In the world of law enforcement art and antiquity crime has in the past usually assumed a place of low interest and priority. That situation has now slowly begun to change on both the local and international level as criminals, encouraged in part by the record sums now being paid for art treasures, are now seeking to exploit the art market more systematically by means of theft, fraud and looting. In this collection academics and practitioners from Australasia, Europe and North America combine to examine the challenges presented to the criminal justice system by these developments. Best practice methods of detecting, investigating, prosecuting and preventing such crimes are explored. This book will be of interest and use to academics and practitioners alike in the areas of law, crime and justice.
’An invaluable source for all practitioners involved in the investigation and recovery of stolen cultural property. This excellent collection by leading experts provides a well-balanced and informative guide to the existing legal and investigative issues, and makes a significant and practical contribution to a better understanding of them.’ Richard Ellis, Founder of the Art Squad, New Scotland Yard and Director of The Art Management Group Ltd 'This compilation of essays about art crime is essential reading for anyone interested in the topic. With a range of international contributions, including works from some of the leading voices in this field, the complexities of analysing and policing art crime are given impressively broad coverage. Art theft, fakery and frauds, and trafficking in cultural property are all explored here, through contributions not only from highly regarded academics, but also from key practitioners including an art dealer, a conservator/authenticator, a police officer and a senior UNESCO official. In their selection of chapters, the editors have skilfully combined baseline information and case study with critical commentary, to produce a text that is genuinely enlightening and progressive.' Simon Mackenzie, University of Glasgow, UK ’This book will enthral anyone with even a passing interest in art, antiquities, history, culture or crime. It’s an ambitious but wholly successful attempt to address a huge subject. The contributors are without doubt experts in their field - this is abundantly evident in all three parts of the book. Maybe more of a surprise is the passion with which they bring this fascinating subject to life, creating a genuinely intriguing read.’ Vernon Rapley, Head of Security & Visitor Services, Victoria & Albert Museum, UK; Retired Head of the Art & Antiques Unit, New Scotland Yard, UK; and Chairman of The National Museum Security Group (UK)