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Michael Beloff KC  

Michael Beloff KC has appeared in international commercial arbitrations (in London, Brussels, Geneva and Monte Carlo), and sat as a commercial arbitrator under the auspices of the ICC, LCIA, SIAC and Geneva Chamber of Commerce, as well as an ad hoc arbitrator.

He has given expert evidence on English law and practice for the purpose of proceedings in various states in the USA, in the Irish Republic, in the Republic of South Africa, France, Norway and Switzerland.

He has carried out inquiries for Oxford University into alleged plagiarism, for two television companies, Channel 4 and Carlton, into the making of two controversial broadcasts, and for the Rugby Football Union into alleged racism.

He has been identified in various legal publications as a leading figure in the fields of public, local government, commercial, defamation, insurance, arbitration, civil liberties, agricultural, EU, sport, human rights, environmental, education, immigration and employment law.

He has written a standard commentary on the Sex Discrimination Act 1976 and Sports Law (2nd ed 2012). He was a consultant editor (with Lord Woolf) for the journal Judicial Review (1996 – 2015) and has been the first and only editor of Sweet and Maxwell’s International Sports Law Review (2000 - present). He has also contributed to Halsbury’s Laws on Time and Sport and Atkin’s Court Forms on Sport.

Positions Held

  • A Recorder of the Crown Court (1984-95)
  • A Master of the Bench of Gray's Inn (1988)
  • Treasurer of Gray’s Inn (2008)
  • A Deputy High Court Judge (designated to sit in the Crown Office list) (1989 - 1996)
  • Member of the Data Protection(National Security)Tribunal - (later renamed a Judge of the Upper Tribunal 2000 - 2012)
  • A Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey (1995 – 2014)
  • Senior Ordinary Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey (2005 - 2014)
  • Commissioner of the Royal Court of Jersey 2014-2018
  • First Chairman of the Administrative Law Bar Association from 1986 – 1989 (since then Vice-President and Chairman emeritus)
  • President of the British Association of Sport and Law (2005 – 2013)
  • Joint head of Chambers at 4-5 Gray's Inn Square (1992-2000), before moving back to Blackstone Chambers, his original set (then 2 Hare Court) in 2000.
  • A Member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport ("CAS") (1996 – present) during which time he has been party to more than 175 awards.
  • As a member of ad hoc panels of CAS, he has been an arbitrator at 5 summer Olympic Games - Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing, Rio and 3 Commonwealth Games, Kuala Lumpur, Manchester, Melbourne
  • Deputy Chairman of the Information (National Security) Tribunal (1997 - 2012) (renamed from 2010 Judge of the Upper Tribunal)
  • A Steward of the Royal Automobile Club (1999 – 2018) and a Vice-President 2018-
  • Ethics Commissioner for London (2012) successful bid to host the summer Olympic Games
  • Chairman of the International Cricket Council’s Code of Conduct Commission (2002 – present) and of the ICC Dispute Resolution committee (2015 - present)
  • A Judge of the FIA’s International Court of Appeal (2010 - 2017)
  • Member of the three-person European Golf Tour Anti-Doping Appeal Panel (2012)
  • Chairman of the International Association of Athletics Federation’s Ethics Commission (the world governing body for athletics) (2013 - 2020)
  • First Chairman of the IAAF Disciplinary Tribunal (2017 - 2019)
  • Member of the Anti-Doping Appeal Panels of Mixed Martial Arts and Ironman (2016)
  • Chair of the Ethics Commission of the International Ski Federation 2022-
  • Foreign Consultant to the Law Counsel, Dacca, Bangladesh
  • Member of the International Panel of the Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Member of the Provost's Panel at Eton

SLAM 2023 Judge - Arbitrator