On the occasion of the International Day against the Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property, established by UNESCO in 2020, in memory of the signing of the 1970 Paris Convention, UNIDROIT participated in the first edition of the Symposium on The Italian Perspective. State of the Art, a moment of encounter and comparison of practices and skills among experts in the field, researchers and academics. The Symposium was organised by the Journal of Cultural Heritage Crime, with the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia. The academic point of view was at the centre of the Symposium’s work: case studies, both solved and unresolved, offered an overview of national.
Ms Marina Schneider, Principal Legal Officer and Treaty Depositary, presented the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects and the central role played by Italy in its elaboration and promotion. It was also an opportunity to promote the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention Academic Project (UCAP) as education is a key tool in protecting cultural property and combating illicit traffic and UCAP is meant to increase the awareness and knowledge about the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention. It aims at promoting and linking pertinent (inter)national research made by entities and Universities holding courses in the field of cultural heritage law, in particular on the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention.