THURSDAY, 6 APRIL 2017 - Dania & Nortvegia Room (Conference Room 1)
LawAccord 2017 is a Joint Session with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Co-Chaired by Stephen Townley, Chair, LawAccord and, Michael Lenard, ICAS, Vice President.
Lawyers, sports professionals and International Federations who wish to attend the LawAccord Conference only, at a day rate of CHF 750 (plus Danish VAT at 25%).
Please note, the day rate provides access to the SportAccord Convention Exhibition, a full day of Food & Beverage and the Thursday evening closing networking event
The annual must attend event for international sports federations, sports lawyers and others in the sports community, which will include:
  • Keynote sessions from CAS and WADA on all important developments during the last year.
  • Important announcement from CAS on the CAS Doping Division following the IOC Doping Symposium recommendations.  A MUST attend for International Federations.
  • Unique themed session examining the way in which technology is sparking innovation, creating both challenges and opportunities for International Federations.
14:00 – 14:15 - Welcome Address
14:15-14:45 - Keynote Address: Matthieu Reeb, Secretary General, Court of Arbitration for Sport
“The latest from CAS”:  Everything you need to know about the most recent jurisprudence and CAS rules. 
It is essential that lawyers and sports administrators are aware of recent CAS cases. Lessons learned from CAS disputes can be an extremely valuable insight in understanding concepts of good governance. 
14:45 – 15:00 - Commentary from Dr Reiner Martens on the Claudia Pechstein decision and its impact on sports arbitration.
15:00 – 15:30 - Interactive Workshop:  Does an International Federation own intellectual property in its events in the virtual world, i.e. e-sports and virtual games?
E-sports and virtual reality games are being embraced by some sports, but not others.  The IOC is seeking to embrace the digital world.  What are the legal strategies to capture and monetise these assets and would you trust advice from a robot lawyer to deliver them?  
15:30 – 15:45 - Coffee and Networking Break
15:45 - 16:15 - Keynote Address: Julien Sieveking, Director, Legal Affairs, World Anti-Doping Agency
An update on the implementation of the 2015 Code, WADA compliance program and a roundup of the latest WADA investigations.
This is and will be an eventful year for WADA which plays such a pivotal role in preventing cheating in sport. 
16:15 - 17:15 - CAS Doping Division  
Update on important changes to the CAS Ad Hoc Doing Rules for PyeongChang and the IOC Anti-Doping Rules.   Including an update on the IOC Doping Symposium recommendations, which are leading CAS to create a permanent CAS Doping Division into which International Federations can opt-in.  
17:15 – 17:30 Announcement:  Pro-Bono Sports Lawyer of the Year
17:30 - 18:30 Networking Event
Highlights from LawAccord 2016
Dispute training for International Federations coupled with a willingness in the legal sector to take on more pro bono cases emerged at LawAccord as ideas to help ease the congestion in sports law. The measures were outlined as possible responses by a sporting world which faces rising costs as litigation increases. Stronger partnerships were also advocated, with a key role for LawAccord.


Stephen Townley, Conference Co-chair and Head of the LawAccord Conference Programming, said the contributions of two speakers in particular indicated the balancing act which sport faces. In his keynote address, Olivier Niggli, incoming Director General of WADA, spoke of the attractions of a whistleblower initiative to help with identifying offenders. Michael Lenard, Vice President of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport, raised the questions of how to manage lawyers in sport. 
Townley said: “Olivier was very conscious of cost, which is very important to the Federations. How does one pay for those enhanced costs as the WADA programme continues to grow? The question about how to manage lawyers brings us back to a familiar point. Every pound you spend on a lawyer’s bill is a pound less spent on sports administration.” 
A suggestion from Dr Francois Carrard, Chairman of the FIFA 2016 Reform Committee, that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) be developed was welcomed cautiously by Townley, who said it would be “an immense challenge”. 
Townley was more enthusiastic about the idea from Carrard and others that Federations do more to help themselves. Townley said LawAccord will look at setting up a directory of specialist sports lawyers and will aim to work with large groups of sports lawyers in the US and the UK while also encouraging academic research. He said: “LawAccord has the potential to bring together the community. It was not needed in the past, but it is needed now because the issues have become much more complicated and the lawyers’ groups have grown.

Lawyers, sports professionals and International Federations who wish to attend the LawAccord Conference only, at a rate of CHF 750 (plus Danish VAT at 25%).