Chapter 5 - Abstract and author bios

5. Protection not Prevention: The Failure of Public Policy to Prevent the Looting and Illegal Trade of Cultural Property from the MENA Region (1990–2015)

Neil Brodie

Since 1989, the cultural property of countries throughout the Middle East–North Africa region has been targeted for theft and illegal trade during episodes of conflict or civil disturbance. International public policy has very signally failed to achieve any kind of hold on the problem. This chapter considers how policy is failing and why policy makers are seemingly unable to develop anything more effective.

Neil Brodie is Senior Research Fellow in the School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford. He graduated from the University of Liverpool with a PhD in Archaeology in 1991 and has held positions at the British School at Athens, the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge, where he was Research Director of the Illicit Antiquities Research Centre, Stanford University’s Archaeology Center, and the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, at the University of Glasgow. He has published widely on issues concerning the illegal trade of cultural property, and has worked on archaeological projects in the United Kingdom, Greece and Jordan.

Trafficking Culture
Website run by Dr Neil Brodie at the University of Oxford researching the global traffic in looted cultural objects with data, projects and an encyclopedia of looted objects.