Initiated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods is a collaborative project gathering recognised experts from intergovernmental organisations, law enforcement agencies, state administrations and research institutions from all over the world.

The ICOM International Observatory benefits from the work of its two dedicated committees: the Editorial Committee and the Consultative Committee.

Committee members bring their valuable expertise to support ICOM in gathering all kinds of data related to the fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods.

They also actively participate in the development of the Website's structure and content and impulse the current and future orientation of the project.

The Editorial Committee holds an additional mandate for the drafting of the final Global Report on illicit traffic in cultural goods which will be published by the International Observatory in the end of the project's first triennium (January 2013 - December 2015)

Members of the Observatory's Committees meet twice a year at ICOM General Secretariat in Paris, France.

Meetings were held on following dates:

4 -5 July, 2013
29 - 30 November, 2013
3 - 4 July, 2014
13 - 14 November, 2014
2 - 3, July, 2015
14 - 15 December, 2015

In addition, in order to strengthen its cooperation with governmental and non-governmental organisations involved in the fight against illicit traffic, ICOM undertakes field missions to a range of countries concerned by the issue: Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Macedonia (The Former Yugoslav Republic of), Montenegro, Switzerland, Turkey and United States of America. These missions also are an opportunity to develop the knowledge of the trend in the countries concerned.


Members of the Editorial Committee:

Art Crime Team, Art Theft Program, FBI, Department of Justices, United States of America
Carabinieri for the Protection of Cultural Heritage (TPC), Arma dei Carabinieri, Italy
Central Office for the Fight against Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods (OCBC), Central Directorate of Judicial Police, Ministry of Interior, France
Criminal Organizations & Drugs Sub-Directorate, International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)
Cultural Heritage Protection Treaties Section, Division for Cultural Expressions and Heritage, Sector for Culture, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT)
National Museum of Bamako, Mali
Research Centre for International Legal Cooperation (CECOJI), French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
Trafficking Culture, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Members of the Consulting Committee:
Department for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property, General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Turkey
Department of Underwater and Submarine Archaeological Research (DRASSM), Ministry of Culture and Communication, France
Directorate for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture, Croatia
Scientific Departments, Directorate General of Antiquities, Ministry of Culture, Lebanon
Division k42, Protection, Conservation and Return of Cultural Goods, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Germany
Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch, Division for Treaty Affairs, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Western Europe (RILO WE), World Customs Organization (WCO)
Sub-directorate of collections, French Museums Service, Directorate General for Heritage, Ministry of Culture and Communication, France
Specialized Body for the International Transfer of Cultural Property, Federal Office of Culture, Switzerland