[Conference] International Sports Law Journal annual conference

26 - 27 October 2023
  • Starts at: 12:30h
  • Fee: €350 (Regular fee) / €175 euro (Early bird) / €75 (Student fee) / €75 (Webinar) / Optional dinner €50
  • Venue: Asser Institute
  • Organiser: International Sports Law Journal
  • Address: R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22
    2517 JN The Hague
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On 26 and 27 October 2023, the Asser Institute in The Hague will host the 2023 edition of the International Sports Law Journal (ISLJ) Conference. The ISLJ is the leading academic journal in international sports law and governance and is proud to provide a platform for transnational debates on the state of the field. The conference will address a number of complex issues and disputes at the top of the transnational sports law agenda. In particular, we will zoom in on three main topics:

How football governance is (re)shaped by EU law
Since the Bosman ruling of the European Court of Justice (CJEU) in 1995, it has been obvious to football fans around the world that the European Union (EU) has a considerable influence on the governance and regulation of professional football. This year, 2023, provides us a striking reminder of this fact with (at least) two fundamental judgments of the Grand Chamber of the CJEU expected in the Superleague case and the UEFA’s home-grown players rule. Additionally, two further cases, which are challenging FIFA’s transfer system and its agent regulations, remain pending before the Luxembourg court. We will be looking closely at this relationship between EU law and the governance football through two panels (featuring senior and junior researchers) and a keynote lecture delivered by one of the finest observers of this encounter: Prof. Stephen Weatherill (Oxford University).

Autonomy and neutrality in the transnational governance of sports 
The invasion of Ukraine by Russia has postponed (once again) the end of history and revived within the Olympic Movement fundamental debates dating back to the Cold War and South-African Apartheid. Can the Olympic Movement stay neutral in the face of a clear violation of international law by Russia and of war crimes being committed by its armed forces? What should the consequences be in terms of the participation of Russian athletes and teams in international sporting competitions? If they are allowed to participate, under what conditions should they be competing? All these questions are ultimately connected to the definition and practice of the autonomy and neutrality of sport vis-a-vis international law and politics and will be at the heart of the another set of presentations at the ISLJ conference and a digital bridge with the Symposium on Sport & Neutrality organised in Lillehammer by the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences.

The transnational regulation of gender by sports governing bodies
Our third focus area for this year’s conference will be the regulation and governance of gender boundaries by SGBs. The recent and ground-breaking decision of the European Court of Human Rights in the Semenya case crystallises the contemporary importance of questions related to the division between genders in the context of international sports. Furthermore, the ongoing and heated debates on the participation of transgender athletes in female competitions are also highlighting the importance of the decisions taken by SGBs in this regard. We will be hosting a specific Panel tackling these issues and will be welcoming Prof. Silvia Camporesi (University of Vienna and King’s College London) for a keynote lecture connecting the legal debates with ethical and philosophical considerations.

Online participation available
Following the success of last year's webinar option, we are once again allowing online participation to the conference at an affordable price. Thus, we hope to internationalise and diversify our audience and to reach people who are not in a position to travel to The Hague.

We look forward to welcoming you in person in The Hague or digitally to this new iteration of the ISLJ conference.


  • Shubham Jain (Cambridge University) 
  • Viktoriia Smirnova (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz)
  • Mathias Schubert (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz)
  • Zachary R. Calo (Hamad Bin Khalifa University) 
  • Marko Begović (Hamad Bin Khalifa University) 
  • Animesh Bordoloi (Jindal Global Law School) 
  • Eben Koen (BDP Attorneys) 
  • Lyrique Du Plessis (BDP Attorneys) 
  • Niyati Pandey (Gujarat National Law University)
  • Tarun Singh (Gujarat National Law University) 
  • Tsjalle van der Burg (University of Twente)
  • Peter Heermann (Universität Bayreuth) 
  • Frea De Keyzer (KU Leuven)
  • Frank Hendrickx (KU Leuven)
  • Sarah Carrick (Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • Seán Ó Conaill (University College Cork)
  • Mikael Hansson (Uppsala universitet)
  • Marcus Mazzucco (University of Toronto) 
  • Jensen Brehaut (University of Toronto) 
  • Marjolaine Viret (University of Lausanne)
  • Gaurav Saxena (Jerome Merchant + Partners)
  • Johan Lindholm (Umeå University)
  • Massimiliano Trovato (King’s College University)
  • Brendan Schwab (former Executive Director of the World Players Association)
  • Antoine Duval (Asser Institute)
  • Mark James (Manchester Metropolitan University) & Antoine Duval (Asser Institute)
  • Stephen Weatherill (Oxford University)
  • Ben Van Rompuy (Asser Institute)
  • Silvia Camporesi (University of Vienna and King’s College London)
  • Shaylla Shabbir (Barrister and Managing Editor of the International Sports Law Journal)