This webinar will discuss the structures of supply chains for illicit trafficking of cultural goods and key stakeholders who are involved at each stage.

The organisers will define what an illicit antiquity is and explore the source, transit and market countries. To explain the key features of antiquities trafficking and its transnational nature, speakers will consider Iraq and Syria as case studies.

Programme Day 1

  • Definition of illicit antiquity
  • Trafficking chains
  • Actors involved in each stage of trafficking

Programme Day 2

  • Key features of trafficking: Transnational nature
  • Case studies: Iraq and Syria


  • Veronica Costarelli
    Project Manager, Cross-Border Syrian Emergency Response with IOM & Post-Crisis Antiquity Trafficking Researcher
  • Dr. Samuel Andrew Hardy
    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Cultural Heritage and Conflicts, Norwegian Institute in Rome (DniR), University of Oslo (UiO)


Maxim Nasra, Book conservation Specialist at Qatar National Library 

In its role as the IFLA Preservation and Conservation Center for Arab Countries and the Middle East, the Library launched Himaya, a project to support the efforts to counter the trafficking and illegal circulation of the documentary heritage in the region. An important goal of the project will be to create strong engagement between international agencies and regional organizations to protect documentary heritage and counter the trafficking of items.

Download the Himaya project document (English)

The event will be conducted online via Microsoft Teams.

Date: 7 – 8 February 2021 

Time: 16:00 – 18:00 (AST) Arabia Standard Time

Language: English 

Target Audience: Scholars, academics, researchers, law enforcement, and cultural heritage and museum experts working in the MENA region

Seats are limited, please register.