WISLaw lunch talk at the ISJL Sports Law Conference in The Hague on 24-25 October 2019

“Women’s Access to Football Stadiums in Iran: a human rights perspective”

Join us for a WISLaw lunch talk with our member Daniela Heerdt on 24 October 2019 in The Hague.


ISLJ Conference

Draft programme, 24-25 October 2019

Day 1

Thursday, 24 October

9:00 – 10:00 Registration & coffee
10:00 – 10:15 Opening

Antoine Duval & Johan Lindholm

10:15 – 11:00 Opening Speech by Moya Dodd, former FIFA Council member and current ICAS member (TBC)
11:00 – 12:30 Panel 1

Where is the athletes’ voice? The (il)legitimacy of international sports governing bodies


Mark A. Conrad, Fordham University

·         The lack of athlete representation in international sports governing bodies: Is a labour – management approach a better way to ensure athletes’ rights?

Marjolaine Viret, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler & Antoine Duval, Asser Institute

·         “Hearing the voice of the athlete” – Towards a ‘democratisation’ of the world anti-doping regime?

Arnout Geeraert, Utrecht University

·         The democratic legitimacy of international sport federations

12:30 – 13:30 WISLAW lunch – Women’s access to football stadium in Iran
13:30 – 15:00 Panel 2

Criminal law and sports – Criminal law of sports


Björn Hessert, Zürich University

·         Cooperation and reporting obligations in sports investigations

Jan Exner, Charles University Prague/Czech Olympic Committee

·         Fixed Sanction Framework in the World Anti-Doping Code: Can Hearing Panels Go Below the Limits in the Pursuit of Proportionate Sanctions?

Ruby Panchal, Jindal Global Law School

·         Lex sportiva: Fixing ‘the Big Fix’?

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 17:00 Panel 3
Transfer systems in international sports


Shervine Nafissi, Université de Lausanne

·         Third-party influence on clubs – Analysis of the scope of application of art. 18bis RSTP

Jan Łukomski, Łukomski Niklewicz Law Firm

·         On the finalisation of international football transfers and professional football players’ contracts

Xavier Mansat, CRESTA Lawyers

·         International volleyball governing body and the player-club employment relationship

18:30 Dinner


Day 2

Friday, 25 October

9:30 – 10:30 Keynote lecture

Ulrich Haas, Zurich University

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Panel 4

Rethinking sports arbitration


Artur Flaminio da Silva & Daniela Mirante, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

·         Mandatory arbitration as a possible future for sports arbitration

Veronica Lavista, University of Oslo

·         Influence of international dispute settlement on sports arbitration

Massimiliano Trovato, King’s College London

·         Untying the Gordian knot: Three radical proposals to enhance CAS legitimacy

12:30 – 13:30 Book l(a)unch

The Court of Arbitration for Sport and its Jurisprudence: An Empirical Inquiry Lex Sportiva’

Johan Lindholm

13:30 – 15:00 Panel 5

Revisiting the (in)dependence and transparency of the CAS


Velislava Hristova

·         The intersection between human rights and sports arbitration: the right to a public hearing in sports cases

Antonio Rigozzi, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler/Université de Neuchatel

·         Seraing, Pechstein and the future of CAS?

Tom Seamer, Morgan Sports Law

·         The evolution of sports arbitration – independence and impartiality of CAS Arbitrators

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 17:00 Panel 6

The future of sports: sports law of the future


Audrey Cech & Cedric Aghey, FIFA

·         Integration of eSports in the structure of IFs – Disruption or continuity?

Angela Busacca, Universita Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria

·         What kind of civil liability in extreme sports?

Nick Poggenklaas, Van Diepen Van Der Kroef

·         The protection of minors in E-Sports

17:00 Closing reception



Oct 24 - 25 2019


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Oct 24 - 25 2019
  • Time: 3:00 am - 11:00 am

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