Corruption in Sport Conference – Match Fixing & Other Scandals

Published 10 December 2014

Corruption in Sport Conference – Match Fixing & Other Scandals

Friday, 27 March 2015 - London
9:30am - 5:15pm

With corruption in sport reaching epidemic levels worldwide, this very timely conference focuses on the key practical and legal implications, from match-fixing and drug abuse to governance issues and corrupt event bidding.

All speakers are experts in this complicated, sensitive and high profile area of work. Chaired by Stuart Cameron-Waller the conference will cover issues including:

  • How best to present or defend a match-fixing claim
  • Match fixing: the challenge for world sport
  • Intelligence gathering capabilities and monitoring processes
  • Bidding and election processes: where does lobbying stop and undue influence begin?
  • Why is good governance in sport important? The Principles
  • Doping in sport: Why legal sanctions instead are better than sporting bans`Conference Agenda

This Conference will cover the following topics:

9.30am - 10.15am: Opening Address: Match Fixing - The Legal Issues

Nick De Marco, Blackstone Chambers

10.15am - 11.00am: Scope and Scale of Match-Fixing in World Football

Stuart Cameron-Waller, Consultant to INTERPOL/FIFA Integrity in Sport Initiative

With the increasing commercialisation of sport the decisions of governing bodies can have significant implications for all of those involved in sport, financial and otherwise. The ability to challenge their actions in the courts and elsewhere is therefore often of prime importance.

  • The scale of match fixing in football
  • Who are the match fixers?
  • How do they operate?
  • Why has match fixing become a problem?
  • Challenges for football and law enforcement

11.15am - 12.00pm: Combating Match Fixing: What Has Been Done and What Should be Done?

Nigel Mawer, QPM, Vice Chairman WPBSA

Sports need a comprehensive approach to combat the problem. This session will explore:

  • Education of players, officials, coaches and tournament staff
  • Protection of players at tournaments
  • Rules that are fit for purpose
  • Confidential contact lines
  • Intelligence gathering capabilities and monitoring processes
  • Links into law enforcement and gambling regulators
  • Setting up effective partnerships with the betting industry
  • Effective processes that kick in when a problem is identified
  • Robust enforcement where persons transgress the rules (criminal/disciplinary)

12.00pm - 12.45pm: Corruption in the Bidding Process for Major Events

Alastair Cotton, Kerman & Co LLP

The bidding for and awarding of mega sport events has become a topic of major concern. Recent events have questioned FIFA's decision to award the World Cup to Qatar and the full picture is yet to emerge. How can the bidding process enhance, rather than damage, the reputation of the events and those bodies that award them and what efforts are being made to reform. This session will examine the following topics:

  • From Salt Law City to Qatar: a decade of lessons to be learned
  • Bidding and Election Processes: Where does lobbying stop and undue influence begin?
  • Case Studies: FIFA, the IOC and the IRB
  • Towards Reform? The IOC's Agenda 20:20 and other proposals

12.45pm - 1.00pm: Questions on Morning Session

2.00pm - 2.50pm: Governance Scandals and Structures

Kevin Carpenter, Hill Dickinson

Good governance in sport is necessary to uphold the Corinthian values inherent to sport and to ensure sport organisations have the upmost credibility both reputationally and commercially. For that reason, a variety of governance scandals in recent years have made uncomfortable global headlines, meaning there has never been more of a need to have the right structures in place to restore the faith of all stakeholders in sport of the multitude of governing bodies.

  • What is governance
  • Why is good governance in sport important?
  • Case Studies: IOC, FIFA, FIVB
  • Good governance principles

2.50pm - 3.40pm: Doping and the Governance of Sport

Professor Graham Brooks, Wolverhampton Law School

Individual athletes are blamed for injecting or ingesting illegal and/or banned substances to secure an advantage in sport. However, it is often the poor governance of a sport that allows athletes to circumvent rules and regulations. Individuals and organisations need to countenance legal sanctions instead of sporting bans to reduce corruption in sport.

  • Vested sporting interests and commercial revenue
  • The threat and need for legal sanctions
  • Code of conduct and code of ethics
  • Disclosure protection

3.55pm - 4.45pm: Corruption in Sport Panel and Q&A Session

The speakers will be joined by Deborah Unger from Transparency International's Rapid Response Unit

4.45pm - Closing Address


  • £250+VAT with an MBL SmartPlan
  • £375+VAT with an MBL Season Ticket
  • £500+VAT for non-members

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