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Egyptian Antiquities, Looting, International Law and Diplomacy: Report on the First Mission to Egypt

  • 04 Mar 2011
  • 2:00 PM
  • Leiden, the Netherlands
The department for archaeological resource management of the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University cordially invites you to a public lecture on Egyptian antiquities, looting, international law and diplomacy: report on the first mission to Egypt, February 2011 by Joris Kila, art historian and chair of the 'International Military Cultural Resources Work Group.'  The lecture will take place at Student Center Plexus, Kaiserstraat 25, Leiden, the Netherlands on Friday 4 March at
14.00 sharp.

While many international organizations were still contemplating a mission or drafting letters of protest, Joris Kila (The Hague) and Karl von Habsburg (Vienna) have undertaken an exploratory mission to Egypt on behalf of the 'Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield'
(ANCBS), from which they have recently returned. Drs. Kila will report on their findings, the cooperation and lack thereof from international and national organizations, and the legal context of international cultural property protection.

Drs. Joris Kila is well equipped to do so, as former acting chairman of the cultural affairs department at the Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Group North in the Netherlands. In that capacity he undertook several cultural rescue missions in Iraq and FYROM (Macedonia). He is
author and co-author of several publications on the subject of cultural property protection in times of armed conflict utilizing militarized experts.

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