Online Edition – Specialized Course on Cultural Heritage, Crime and Security: Protecting Our Past to Invest in Our Future

The protection of cultural heritage is an essential element within the framework of the United Nations sustainable development agenda, as stated in goal 11 by which countries have committed to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. In particular, Target 11.4 of Goal 11 aims to “strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage”.

On this point, the number of international crimes related to the looting and trafficking of cultural heritage property has increased considerably. Moreover, their links to international criminal activities, including the financing of terrorist groups, are becoming more evident with each passing year.

The deep concern of the United Nations on this subject is also demonstrated by the adoption, over the last decades, of various conventions which refer to these phenomena as essential elements of the international crime model. The year 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property.

With these considerations in mind, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), in cooperation with the American University of Rome (AUR), is organizing the third edition of the Specialized Heritage Course Culture, Crime and Security – Protecting our Past to Invest in our Future which will be delivered online, November 7-11, 2022.

The course will provide participants with a fundamental understanding of heritage crime and how heritage organisations, law enforcement and justice systems respond to this issue. The course curriculum is likely to include the following topics:

  • Protection of cultural property: the international legal framework
  • Counter the looting
  • Understanding Criminal Trafficking Networks
  • Tourism security plans: the importance of protecting cultural heritage
  • Armed conflicts, peacebuilding and protection of cultural heritage
  • Protecting museums and heritage sites
  • Heritage and Stability Police
  • Building communities and supporting development through cultural heritage

The specialized course offers professional, legal, social, scientific and academic perspectives through live webinars, group discussions, dynamic case studies, individual readings and practical exercises. The faculty is made up of eminent academics and scholars from the AUR and other universities, as well as international legal experts from the United Nations system, international and non-governmental organizations, and civil society.

Through a dedicated online platform, participants will have the opportunity to interact with internationally recognized experts and peers from around the world, in order to build lasting professional relationships.

This experience promotes intercultural dialogue and promotes a better understanding of the most salient issues facing the international community in the areas of cultural heritage, crime and security.

Course methodology

This course is delivered online. It combines live webinars in our virtual classroom, led by subject matter experts, with self-paced activities and interactive group discussions.

Live webinars take place on a dedicated online platform. Participants need a computer (recommended) or mobile device with audio and video capability, a headset with microphone to connect to audio through the computer or mobile device, and reliable internet connection. We recommend accessing the audio through the computer. No special software is required. Upon acceptance of the course, participants will receive the necessary information to access the platform.

The live webinars take place from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Rome time (8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. New York time), Monday through Friday. Please note that recorded webinars will be available on demand.

Entry requirements

The course, organized by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), in cooperation with the American University of Rome (AUR), is designed for university graduates in law, political science, relations international studies, economics, social sciences, culture Heritage, museum studies, archeology and other relevant disciplines. It is also aimed at young professionals working in government institutions, local authorities, international and non-governmental organizations, museums, heritage sites and cultural institutions seeking to deepen their understanding of the most salient issues facing the international community. faces in terms of cultural heritage, crime and security.

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a three-year university degree from an internationally recognized university in one of the above fields;
  • Have a very good working knowledge of English.

Applications from students planning to graduate at the end of the 2022/23 academic year will also be considered.

Certificate of attendance

After attending all live webinars and completing course activities and assignments, participants will receive a certificate of participation from the United Nations and the American University of Rome.

Fee Information

The registration fee is 800 euros.

Registration fees include:

– Tuition
– Course support in electronic version
– Sessions recorded and made available for later viewing (upon request)

Cancellation and refunds
In accordance with our general policy, in the event of cancellation of your participation, the registration fees will not be refunded under any circumstances.
Given the current exceptional circumstances, however, full reimbursement of the registration fee will be guaranteed if the cancellation is related to the Corona virus crisis (i.e. health issues of the participant or spouse/partner registered/children or parents). Proof of this reason must be provided when requesting reimbursement.

How to register

How to register

  • Application Deadline: Please complete and send the application form to [email protected] by 23 October 2022
  • Confirmation of acceptance: the results of the selection process will be communicated by e-mail, within 5 working days of receipt of the application, and no later than October 24, 2022.
  • Payment deadline: Full payment must be finalized within one week of confirmation of acceptance, and no later than October 26, 2022 (i.e. applicants must provide UNICRI with proof of payment by e-mail to [email protected]).

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Email: [email protected] (please indicate “Cultural Heritage” in the subject of the email). Tel: (+39) 011 6537157 or (+39) 011 6537111

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