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Conference on traffic in artefacts

From: W. T. Chase <tchase4921>
Date: Friday, January 23, 2004
For those of us who are interested (perhaps too interested) in the
question of illegal antiquities trading, this notice from CPProtNet
of a conference on the problem may be helpful.  Note: they plan to
publish a Blog during the conference.  Perhaps this is a harbinger
of virtual conferences to come.

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   Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2004
   Subject: [] Swiss-British Conference on the traffic in
            artefacts from Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond

   British Council
   British Embassy
   Art Law Centre Geneva

   Not For Sale: A Swiss-British Conference on the traffic in
       artefacts from Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond
   University of Geneva
   February 5-6, 2004

   Not For SaleL Making the New Laws Work
   A Swiss-British Conference on the traffic in artefacts from Iraq,
    Afghanistan and beyond

   Geneva and London are world centres for the legitimate trade in
   cultural artefacts. However, the UK and Switzerland are also
   perceived as centres for the illegal trade. Both countries are
   introducing new legislation to regulate the trade and are
   acceding to the 1970 UNESCO Convention. This seminar will bring
   together archaeologists, curators, collectors, dealers and
   auction houses alongside those who drafted the new laws and those
   who will apply them.

   The British Embassy, the British Council in Switzerland and the
   Art Law Centre in Geneva are joined by a number of partners in
   holding this conference:  the Swiss Federal Office for Culture,
   the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, the British
   Museum, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the British
   Department of Culture Media and Sport, the police authorities in
   Switzerland and the UK concerned with artefact trafficking as
   well as Interpol. Among the speakers are Ambassador Mario Osio,
   the senior adviser on culture for the Coalition Provisional
   Authority in Iraq and his predecessor, Ambassador Pietro Cordone
   along with a number of Iraqi participants. On the political and
   administrative level there are Estelle Morris MP, the UK Minister
   for the Arts,  Francesca Gemnetti, the President of the Swiss
   UNESCO Commission and Dr David Streiff, the director of the
   Federal Office of Culture. The scientific and research community
   is represented by Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, Professor of
   Archaeology at Cambridge University, Zainab Bahrani from Columbia
   University, USA and Jens Braavig from the University of Oslo.

   Last seats and Information on the conference available on

    Emlyn Davies
    Project Manager
    The British Council Switzerland
    Sennweg 2
    P O Box 532
    3000 Bern 9
    +41 31 301 14 73
    Fax: +41 31 301 14 59

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