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This talk will consider the challenges of policing the illicit market in cultural objects as a form of transnational crime at each of three points: in source countries, in transit, and in the destination markets. We will begin by reviewing some major examples of antiquities trafficking selected from the encyclopedia of trafficking on our website at Next we will look more closely at evidence of the paths that looted cultural objects take out of source countries, and the various roles of the players involved in their removal and transit. This evidence is in the form of first-hand accounts of participation in looting and trafficking, gathered in the course of investigations conducted by the team at Trafficking Culture. The reception of looted and trafficked cultural goods by the market will also be considered: how do actors in the public trade protect themselves both against the possibility of dealing in stolen ancient artworks, and also against potential police intervention and subsequent prosecution if they do? The answer to this reveals much about the relationship between contemporary high-end antiquities trading, policing and the law.


Simon Mackenzie, Professor of Criminology, Victoria University of Wellington

Simon MackenzieSimon Mackenzie is Professor of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington and Professor of Criminology, Law and Society in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow. He is a member of the Trafficking Culture international research consortium which runs an educational and awareness-raising website at and was set up with grant funding from the European Research Council. Simon teaches undergraduate courses on organized crime and white-collar crime at Victoria, and a postgraduate course on transnational crime.

Lecture Details

  • Date: Nov. 6, 2017 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Research and Academic Centre, RCE004, 150 Dalhousie Street, Brantford.


The lecture is free and open to the public. Register for the lecture.


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