Outline of the Benefits Coming from a National Prosecution Service in Cultural Heritage Protection
It is a well-known fact that the first and most important step in counteracting the illicit trafficking in cultural items is made through an efficient cooperation between the institutions of the State responsible in this field, and a national prosecution service — or, at least, a pool of prosecutors devoted to art crime investigations as a way to enhance such national and international cooperation.1 This specialized body should be preferably organized with national powers, since the illegal trade in cultural heritage is often beyond regional and even national borders, and a prosecution service acting on a national scale — having also an international dimension, via joint investigative teams or other forms of international cooperation — is better prepared for fighting against such widespread crime.
KeywordsCultural Heritage International Cooperation Cultural Property Cultural Good Hague Convention
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