Artemis Papathanassiou


Artemis Papathanassiou is Attorney at Law and Senior Legal Adviser at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Greece. She is specialized (PHD) in Public International Law. As a Legal Adviser at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she specializes on issues of international law and, in particular, on issues of international terrorism, international space law and international cultural property law. She is the Coordinator of the negotiations within the UN General Assembly for the elaboration of the UNGA Resolution “on the Return or Restitution of Cultural Property to the Countries of Origin”, introduced every three years. She is former Chairperson (2014-2016) of the Committee for the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict (Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention) and former Chairperson (2011-2012) of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation (ICPRCP). She is author of several articles on issues of international cultural property law.

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The Council of Europe Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property eventually enters into force:  A new tool to the arsenal of international criminal law responses to the trafficking of cultural property

In the face of the dramatic events taking place over the last few weeks as a result of the ongoing armed conflict in Ukraine, it is hard to trace any positive developments in the field of international law. This being so, taking into account that cultural property is often a target during armed conflicts, either deliberately or as a…

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