The disruptive ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic are ubiquitous. Therefore, a historiography of the period following March 2020 would not only be superfluous but unnecessarily depressing. It is needless to say that modern life was upended. During the height of the pandemic, there was an increase in property theft. Considerable changes to the rules and regulations of daily life led to increased opportunities for thieves. Global economic distress and high unemployment rates motivated thievery. This logic applies to car break-ins, commercial property thefts, and the theft and smuggling of artwork, and other valuable cultural property.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo International & Comparative Law Review on February 24, 2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Vastano, Julia, "The COVID-19 Pandemic Surge of Art and Cultural Property Smuggling" (2022). CICLR Online. 38.