Diogo Machado
Postgraduate Research Student

Diogo Machado

MSc (Criminology) Transnational Crime, Justice and Security (Hons I); LLB (Hons I).

Diogo Machado is a Scientia PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Law, UNSW Sydney. He researches the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing transnational regulation on cultural heritage. He holds an MSc (Criminology) in Transnational Crimes, Justice & Security from the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, and an LLB from the University of Brasília, Brazil. He is a Chevening Alumnus.

Prior to joining UNSW Law, he worked as the Deputy International Advisor to the Minister of Justice and Public Security in Brazil. He represented the country in international meetings under the G20, OECD, Interpol, FATF, the European Judicial Network, the Organisation of American States, Mercosur, the International Association of Anti-corruption Authorities, among others.

Diogo’s thesis builds a values framework to examine overlapping transnational regulatory regimes with respect to cultural heritage. Recent initiatives of transnational criminal lawhave addressed anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing risks associated with the trade of cultural objects. However, the values that the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regimes aim to protect are not made-to-measure with values underpinning cultural heritage law. Diogo sheds light on goals, priorities, and background assumptions of those regime to reveal and mediate tensions arising from the highly fragmented interactions among these overlapping frameworks, and their impact to cultural heritage safeguarding.

Areas of research

International law, Transnational criminal law, International cultural heritage law


Lucas Lixinski, Sarah Williams, Scott East

Publications and presentations

Trafficking in cultural heritage and organised crime
Presented at the 5th Biennal Conference of the Association of Cultural Heritage Studies

Anti-money laundering regulation on the Brazilian art market
Journal: https://revistajuridica.presidencia.gov.br/index.php/saj/article/view/1769/1267 (English)

The implementation of the anti-money laundering policy in the Brazilian art market
Presented in the 2018 Transatlantic Cultural Property Crime Symposium at Queen Mary University of London. 

The values of corruption: administration of seized and confiscated assets
Journal: https://www.scielo.br/pdf/rdgv/v13n2/1808-2432-rdgv-13-02-0484.pdf (Portuguese)

The dual nature of asset recovery by the International Criminal Court: deterrence of criminal activities and victims’ reparation
*The article was awarded the second best paper in the Blattmann, Odio Benito y Steiner Competition
Journal: https://www.iberoamericaninstituteofthehague.org/attachments/article/203/ANIDIP%20Volumen%205.pdf (Portuguese)

Artistic expressions of crime: money laundering in the art market
Journal: https://www.justica.gov.br/sua-protecao/lavagem-de-dinheiro/institucional-2/publicacoes/cooperacao-em-pauta/cooperacao-em-pauta-n36 (Portuguese)

International agreements in criminal matters: the foundations of cooperation among countries
Journal: https://www.novo.justica.gov.br/sua-protecao-2/lavagem-de-dinheiro/institucional-2/publicacoes/cooperacao-em-pauta/cooperacao-em-pauta-n6 (Portuguese)

Transnational recovery of child maintenance
Journal: http://www.mj.gov.tl/files/N_1_Forum_Jul2014.pdf (Portuguese)

Antiquities trafficking and organised crime

Presented at the 5th Biennial Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (University College London, 2020)

The implementation of the anti-money laundering policy in the Brazilian art market

Presented at the Transatlantic Cultural Property Crime Symposium (Queen Mary University of London, 2018)