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BOOK LAUNCH: The Palgrave Handbook on Art Crime

Hufnagel, Saskia, Chappell, Duncan (Eds.) (2019). Palgrave Macmillan.


Editors: Professor Duncan Chappell, Sydney Law School & Dr Saskia Hufnagel, Queen Mary University London


You are invited to the launch of The Palgrave Handbook on Art Crime, with editors Professor Duncan Chappell (Sydney Law School) and Dr Saskia Hufnagel (Queen Mary University London).

This fascinating Handbook showcases studies on art theft, fraud and forgeries, cultural heritage offences and related legal and ethical challenges. Co-editor Duncan Chappell, Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney School of Law and Institute of Criminology member, has researched and published widely on a range of crime and criminal justice topics, including art crime and trafficking in cultural property.

Art crime has emerged as an area of great interest for the global community and criminologists in recent years. The range of interdisciplinary attention to this area is reflected in the diversity of contributors to the Handbook, with expertise in ancient history, archaeology, forensic science, heritage conservation, investigative journalism, law, law enforcement, museum curating, papyrology, physical anthropology and sociology.

In addition to the comprehensive introductory chapter, ‘Art Crime; exposing a Panoply of Theft, Fraud and Plunder’, Professor Chappell co-authored five additional chapters on: the various forms of art theft, deficiencies in data and the social dynamics involved; cases involving ‘non-authentic’ art; a personal account given by art crime offender John Myatt (whose Roy Lichtenstein-like pop art adorns the Handbook’s cover); the online trade in archaeological, ethnographic and anatomical human remains on Instagram; and the case of the Gurlitt Collection and its links to art works looted by the Nazi regime. Professor Chappell was recently appointed Chair of the National Cultural Heritage Committee, which advises the Minister for the Arts about issues relating to cultural heritage and administers a grants program for Australian public cultural organisations to purchase local works of art.

The Handbook is a masterpiece of scholarly achievement and broad appeal, providing a unique and authoritative resource on the subject of art crime. The Handbook will be officially launched later in the year but is available for purchase as an e-book or hardcover edition through Palgrave Macmillan.


About the editors

Saskia Hufnagel is Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law at Queen Mary University London. She previously worked as a Research Fellow at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS), Griffith University, Australia, and was a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Leeds, UK. She has widely published on international police cooperation and art crime. She is a qualified German legal professional and accredited specialist in criminal law.

Duncan Chappell is an Australian lawyer and criminologist and is currently an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He has been a consultant to government and international bodies including the UN, ILO and Commonwealth and has researched and published widely on a range of crime and criminal justice topics, including art crime and trafficking in cultural property.


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Time: 6-8pm (book launch & cocktail reception)


This book launch is sponsored by the Sydney Institute of Criminology at Sydney Law School.

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