Lunch & Learn "The FIFA DRC: Key Cases in Recent Years"

28 - 28 October 2015
  • Starts at: 11:30h
  • Fee: Regular €25 / Student €15
  • Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
  • Organiser: ASSER International Sports Law Centre
  • Address: R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22
    2517 JN The Hague

In 2001 FIFA established the Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) for the purpose of resolving disputes regarding the international status and transfer of players. The DRC has since then developed into a major and influential alternative resolution body, with an impressive and ever increasing caseload. On 28 October 2015, the ASSER International Sports Law Centre will host a Lunch and Learn on the jurisprudence of the DRC. It will be held by DRC expert (and practitioner) Frans de Weger. As a starting point, Mr. De Weger will briefly discuss the legal background to the DRC and the relevant procedural rules, before examining the main subject of the day: the recent key cases of the DRC. The procedural rules as well as the jurisprudence of the DRC will be handled in light of the recent change of FIFA’s Procedural Rules and Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players. Special attention will be given to the most important FIFA DRC cases, concerning, for example, training compensations, solidarity contributions and the validity of a unilateral termination by a player or a club of the employment contract. The presentation of Mr. De Weger aims at providing the participants with a general overview as well as a recent update of the relevant jurisprudence of the DRC. It will provide a helpful in depth look at the work of the DRC for all those interested in international professional football, such as lawyers, club’s in-house-lawyers, intermediaries, researchers, managers, academics and students.

Speaker: Frans de Weger, Federation of Professional Football Clubs

Frans M. de Weger is legal counsel/attorney at law and works for the Federation of Professional Football Clubs (“FBO”). The FBO is the employer’s organisation for Dutch professional football and is an associate member of the European Professional Football Leagues (“EPFL”), since 2010. As a legal counsel of the FBO, he provides the Dutch football clubs with legal advice regarding (national and international) employment related matters, players’ contracts, national and international transfers and with respect to matters related to training compensation and solidarity mechanism. Since 2015, Frans is also an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on the proposal of the European Club Association (ECA) and he is the author of the book “The Jurisprudence of the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber” (T.M.C. Asser Press 2008). The second edition of this book (also published by T.M.C. Asser Press) is expected to be released in 2016.

>>Download the powerpoint slides of Mr. De Weger's presentation.  

Time: 11.30 - 13.30

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