Looting the cultural heritage of North and West Africa


The looting of archaeological artefacts is a lucrative international enterprise. New research by the ENACT organised crime programme investigates the trafficking in cultural and historical goods in Mali, Nigeria, Tunisia and Algeria.

Authors of the study, ‘Culture in ruins’ will join cultural heritage professionals at this seminar to discuss new dynamics in the illegal trade and its impact on communities in North and West Africa. The event aims to prompt a debate on the trade and the national and international-level responses that are needed.

Simultaneous French interpretation will be provided for this event. 

Chairperson: Simone Haysom, Senior Analyst, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime


Daouda Keita, Director-General, National Museum of Mali, Bamako

Katie A Paul, Co-director, Antiquities Trafficking and Heritage Anthropology Research (ATHAR) Project, Washington, DC

Rim Dhaouadi, Practicing Attorney and Researcher in international law and human rights in North Africa and co-author of ‘Culture in ruins’

Julia Stanyard, Analyst, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime and co-author of ‘Culture in ruins’


Catherine Moat, [email protected] 

Photo © Julia Stanyard 

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