Keynote Speakers

Prof. Margareta Baddeley (Université de Genève)
Silvia Schenk (Herbert Smith Freehils, Member of FIFA’s Human Rights Advisory Board)
Prof. Franck Latty (Université Paris Nanterre)

Panel Chairs/ISLJ Editorial Board Members

Antoine Duval is the Head of the Asser International Sports Law Centre and a Senior Researcher at the Asser Institute. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute and has worked extensively on the lex sportiva and its interaction with European and national law.

Mark James is Professor and Director of Research at Manchester Law School and Editor of the Entertainment and Sports Law Journal. He is one of the world's foremost experts on Olympic law and the author of a leading manual in sports law. 

Johan Lindholm is Professor at Umea University in Sweden and the Editor-in-chief of the International Sports Law Journal. He has written extensively on the interaction of EU law and sport and is preparing a book on the lex sportiva at the CAS. 

Despina Mavromati is a Faculty Member at the University of Lausanne and a Visiting Professor teaching Sports Law at the University of Western Ontario. She is the founder of SportLegis, a specialized international sports law and arbitration practice based in Lausanne (Switzerland). Before that, Despina served as Managing Counsel & Head of Research and Mediation at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for nine years.

Richard Parrish is Professor and the Director of the Centre for Sports Law Research at Edge Hill University. He is a member of the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Sports Diplomacy and was a member of the European Commission’s Group of Independent Sports Experts that advised the EU on priorities in the area of sport (2010). He is author of two monographs and three edited collections exploring the interface between sport and EU law.

Ben Van Rompuy is Assistant Professor of Competition Law at the Europa Institute of Leiden Law School. Before joining the Europa Institute in August 2016, Ben was a senior researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague (2012-2016), where he headed the Asser International Sports Law Centre. Ben has particular expertise in the application of European law and competition law in the sports sectors.

Panel Speakers


Panel 1:

  • Stéphanie De Dycker (LL.M.) works at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law where she focuses on Sports Governance and Business & Human Rights. She also works as ad hoc law clerk at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, continuing her experience as law clerk at the International Court of Justice and attorney-at-law in an international law firm in Brussels.
  • Nejat Hacıömeroğlu (LLM sport’s law) assists CIES on various legal projects, ensures the academic coordination of the FIFA Master’s law module and collaborates on the development of CIES’ International University Network programmes. In addition to his work at CIES, Nejat conducts research as a PhD candidate in sports law at the University of Neuchâtel.
  • Dr Kevin Tallec Marston is a Research Fellow in History at CIES. Beyond researching and writing on the history of football, he has always been interested in the questions of the governance and regulation of sport and has overseen a number of contemporary research projects on key football regulatory issues. 
  • Kendra Magraw specializes in international dispute settlement, particularly investment and sports arbitration, as well as regulatory and policy matters.  She has worked in private practice, as well as at ICSID, UNCTAD and the ICJ.  She has a Masters in International Sport Law from ISDE (Madrid) and is a PhD candidate in international law at IHEID (Geneva).

Panel 2:

  • Paul Greene & Matthew Kaiser
  • Dr Marjolaine Viret is a Swiss-qualified attorney and researcher in sports and life sciences. Her interests focus on interdisciplinary approaches to regulation in science-based domains, as reflected in her book “Evidence in Anti-Doping at the Intersection of Science & Law”. She is a partner to the “WADC Commentary Project”, headed by Prof. Rigozzi (Neuchâtel University).
  • Roger Pielke, Jr. is professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado and he also directs its Sports Governance Center. He studies a range of policy and governance issues, many involving the use of science in policy and politics. Roger holds degrees in mathematics, public policy and political science.

Panel 3:

  • Florian Kirschner studied law at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg with focus on European and International Law and holds the First State Exam. He is a Ph.D. candidate; his research focusses on the human rights obligations/responsibilities of FIFA and IOC in the context of Mega-Sporting Events.
  • Daniel West is a Sport and Media Lawyer, currently practising as in-house counsel for a major sports broadcaster in the UK. He holds an LLM in International Law from UCL, and has a particular interest in the intersectionality between sport and public international law.
  • Carmen Pérez is Associate Professor of Public International Law at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain. Between 2005 and 2014 she served as member of the Spanish Committee on Sport Discipline and From September 2015 to June 2016 she was member of the European Commission High Level Group of Sport Diplomacy.

Panel 4:

  • Despina Mavromati (Dr. iur, LL.M., M.B.A.) is an attorney (Member of the Ordre des Avocats Vaudois) specializing in international sports law and arbitration (SportLegis Lausanne); she has co-authored “The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS): Commentary, Cases and Materials” (Kluwer 2015). She is an Arbitrator (FCIArb) sitting on the panels of Sport Resolutions (UK) and a Member of the IAAF Independent Tribunal and the IPF Doping Hearing Panel. Despina is also an Accredited Mediator; a Founder & Board Member of the Women In Sports Law (WISLaw), a Vice-Chair of the Sports Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) and an Advisory Board Member of the National Sports Law Institute (NSLI).
  • Hubert Radke is a sports attorney, focusing on representation of basketball players in contract negotiation and in BAT arbitration, and a PhD candidate in sports law at Nicolas Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. He completed the Summer Programme on International Sports law held by Asser Institute (2013) and Global Executive Master in International Sports Law held by ISDE (2017). He was a student-athlete, recipient of basketball scholarship at Loyola University Chicago (NCAA). Before pursuing legal career, he played professional basketball at international level in Europe and was a member of Polish national team.   
  • Burak Gemalmaz is associate professor of human rights law at the Faculty of Law, İstanbul University. He also teaches human rights in sports law and arbitration at the Kadir Has University and serves as national consultant in the EU/CoE joint project “Supporting the individual application to the Constitutional Court in Turkey”.

Panel 5:

  • Kate Porter is an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York.  Ms. Porter represents clients in a wide range of international disputes, with a particular emphasis on sports-related matters.  Her experience includes representing professional leagues and international sports organizations in high-profile investigations and disputes. 
  • Rusa Agafonova is a PhD candidate and research and teaching assistant at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Her thesis is focused on the interaction between competition law and sports law in regard to the regulatory powers of sports governing bodies. She also  holds a law degree from Moscow University.   
  • Salil Mehra is the Charles Klein Professor of Law and Government at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia. His research focuses on antitrust law.  Professor Mehra is a nongovernmental advisor to the International Competition Network and is a former Abe Fellow of Japan’s Center for Global Partnership and the Social Science Research Center.  Before teaching, Professor Mehra started his career as a lawyer at the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, 

Panel 6:

  • Cem Kalelioglu is a member of the Istanbul Bar and a graduate of the Universite Paris Nanterre (LL.B), Trinity College Dublin (LL.M.) and Dokuz Eylul University (JD). He is a Ph.D. researcher at the Universite Paris Nanterre and currently working in the international arbitration practice group of WilmerHale in London.
  • Professor Richard Parrish is Jean Monnet Chair of EU Sports Law and Policy and Director of the Centre for Sports Law Research at Edge Hill University, UK.  He is project lead of the EU Erasmus+ funded project, ‘Promoting and Supporting Good Governance in the European Football Agents Industry’.
  • Vanja Smokvina is an Assistant Professor at the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Law (Croatia) and a member of the research team of the EU Erasmus+ funded project, 'Promoting and Supporting Good Governance in the European Football Agents Industry'.
  • Dr Gregory Ioannidis is a leading sports lawyer on anti-doping law and football law matters with immense experience in representing players and clubs before CAS and FIFA. He is the Course Leader of LLM International Sports Law in Practice at Sheffield Hallam University and an Associate at Kings Chambers in Manchester.


Take a look at ISLJ Annual International Sports Law Conference 2017 speaker list here