WISLaw Networking Breakfast at the Sport Resolutions (UK) Conference in London on May 3, 2018!

Sport Resolutions sponsored a mini WISLaw breakfast and provided an opportunity to meet with other women professionals within the industry - not only lawyers but anti-doping officers, sports administrators etc. The breakfast took place on the conference day at Grange St. Paul’s Hotel, Sports Bar, between 8am and 9am on May 3rd.

The Sport Resolutions’ Annual Conference brought professionals from national and international sport governing bodies as well as legal professionals, to discuss and debate on difficult issues that create conflict and disputes in sport. It was brilliantly hosted by Alison Mitchel! It included sessions on integrity and mental health and speakers included former Director General of WADA and current Chair of the IAAF’s independent Athletics Integrity Unit David Howman, and marathon world-record holder Paula Radcliffe MBE. 

WISLaw Seminar on Football Transfers in Buenos Aires on April 19, 2018!

Our WISLaw seminar on the legal & accounting aspects of football transfers organized by our WISLaw member Natalia Simeone in Buenos Aires was a success. More than 30 members and friends attended the event, which was kindly hosted by the Catholic University of Argentina, and sponsored by CIES and its Coordinator of the Executive Course, Mariano Claria . Thank you also to our WISLaw Friend Claudia Alvarado for her help in the organization of the event!

WISLaw Lunch Talk at the AFC Congress in Jordan on April 12, 2018!

We had our first WISLaw talk in Asia during the AFC Women's Asian Cup! Honorary President of WISLaw Moya Dodd introduced the aims of the organisation to the participants who work in various areas of the game and come from Australia, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Vietnam. 

The participants were provided with a summary of the legal framework which forms the basis of all AFC competitions, including the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018. Procedures and processes at the AFC disciplinary level were covered, as well as at the appeal level, along with briefly discussing CAS, the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The judicial bodies involved and the disciplinary decision-making process at competitions were also introduced.

The list of various regulations and guidelines relevant to the AFC Women’s Asian Cup include the competition regulations, safety and security regulations, competition operations manual, the rights protection programme, anti-doping regulations, disciplinary and ethics code.

Key legal issues connected to running AFC competitions were discussed, such as marketing and broadcasting matters and the importance of striking a balance and meeting the sponsors’ requests when possible in order to promote the game, especially the women’s game.

Different ways to support women working in sports law and to promote them for higher positions were explored. The participants agreed that this should include spreading information of WISLaw among the AFC Member Associations.

WISLaw Keynote Lecture on Football Finance in Poland on April 12-13, 2018!

The yearly sports law conference of the Ius et Sport Association hosted by the Universitas Varsoviensis on the 12 and 13 April 2018 in Warsaw (Poland) entitled "Prawo Sport Finase" (Law Sport Finance) hosted a WISLaw keynote lecture. 

On the first day of conference, WISLaw friend Maciej Bałaziński talked about the equivalent for training a player in light of the FIFA provisions exemplified by transfers of players under 23 years old. On the second day, Melanie Schärer (WISLaw founding member/MS Entertainment Law) explained the importance and influence of Swiss law in international football transfers, followed by Agata Kowalska (WISLaw member/Chabasiewicz Kowalska i Partnerzy) who talked about the influence of the GDPR (personal data protection) on the functioning of football clubs and finally, Karolina Skrzypczyk (WISLaw member/LSW) explained the disciplinary proceedings of UEFA regarding racism. 

It was a sports law conference packed with highly specialized topics from all angles of sports law with highly academic discussions among the participants. 

Thank you to the Ius et Sport Association and the University of Warsaw (Collegium Iuridicum II) for opening the floor to female sports law experts! 

WISLaw Breakfast Seminar on Women's Football in Madrid on April 6, 2018!

WISLaw, together with the Spanish Players´ Union (AFE), hosted a morning seminar entitled "Professionalization of Women's Football" at AFE's headquarters in Madrid on April 6, 2018.

The seminar featured two round-tables, the first one focusing on the current challenges of Women's Football  and the second one related to possible legal approaches and solutions.

Both round-tables offered insights from different stakeholders, such as players, clubs, union and sports lawyers! Thank you to our WISLaw Coordinator in Spain Reyes Bellver for organizing this successful and sold-out event!

WISLaw Lunch Talk on legal & regulatory issues in Equestrian Sports hosted by the FEI in Lausanne on January 26!

WISLaw held its first event of 2018 on 26 January 2018 with an informal lunch hosted by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) in Lausanne. The FEI is the international governing body for 7 equestrian disciplines, including the three Olympic disciplines of Jumping, Eventing and Dressage, and two para-equestrian disciplines.

 The FEI Secretary General, the first female secretary general in the over 100 year history of the FEI, Sabrina Ibáñez, was present to welcome the participants. She expressed her enthusiastic support for the WISLaw organisation and went on to explain how the FEI is actively promoting gender equality in relation to participation in sporting and administrative activities such as, by example, recently signing a pledge to become a member of the International Gender Champions Network.


 FEI lawyers, Áine Power and Anna Thorstenson, both WISLaw members, started the meeting by giving some background on the FEI before speaking about some legal issues that are unique to equestrian sport. The topics of ladies only equestrian events (and the related legal considerations) and the FEI’s various interactions with the Court of Arbitration for Sport down through the years were addressed. We had the chance to learn about the specificities of the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping Rules, whereby the human athlete is deemed to be the “Person Responsible” in equine doping cases, and the FEI’s approach to dealing with minor athletes in doping cases. A lively and engaging discussion then followed.

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WISLaw Lunch Talk in Lausanne, November 13, 2017

Our WISLaw members met for an informal lunch talk with our Honorary President Moya Dodd in Lausanne on November 13, 2017.

We had the opportunity to exchange views on the legal challenges arising from the Olympic Games, in particular from a CAS Arbitrator at the Rio Olympic Games Rabab Yasseen but also from Prof. Cameron Myler who was appointed as an Arbitrator at the CAS Doping Division at the PyeonChang Olympic Games. All our members present could participate in the discussion!

WISLaw Sports Law Seminar at the Canadian Olympic Committee in Montreal, November 6, 2017

WISLaw held its first half-day seminar on sports arbitration hosted by the Canadian Olympic Committee in Montreal on November 6, 2017 from 12-5 pm!
The event started with a light lunch and networking opportunity. A number of prominent WISLaw members and/or friends provided semi-formal and interactive presentations. 

After the opening by Dr Despina Mavromati & Janie Soublière, a series of prominent speakers dealt with specific sports-arbitration-related topics, including doping, corruption cases, investigation in corruption, case management of Sport Resolutions (UK) and the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC), mediation in sports, and the principle of deference in sports arbitration. Thank you to our special Guest Speaker and WISLaw Friend Prof. Richard McLaren for supporting WISLaw ! Prof McLaren discussed 1st instance proceedings in corruption cases in sports arbitration.

WISLaw Lunch Talk hosted by Sport Resolutions UK in London on September 6

We had an interesting discussion on sports arbitration and mediation, the conduct of proceedings before Sport Resolutions UK and before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Despina Mavromati (WISLaw Board Member) and Christine Bowyer-Jones shared their insights (from CAS and SR, respectively) and Kendrah Potts, Niamh Cleary & Michele Verroken participated in the discussion. Ashley Ehlert shared her views on sports dispute resolution from her experience as in-house counsel of the IIHF. Thanks to Sport Resolutions UK for hosting the event and to Catherine Pitre, Head of Case Management at Sport Resolutions UK for moderating the discussion!