LawAccord at SportAccord Convention 2017 - Meet the Key Decision-Makers in International Sport

Register as a delegate for SportAccord Convention 2017 and take part in LawAccord. Don’t miss out on breaking news, hear keynotes from CAS and WADA, and network with global decision-makers who gather to discuss the business of sport at the world’s premier and most exclusive annual event at the service of sport.

From 2-7 April 2017, SportAccord Convention will offer a robust Conference to encourage dialogue and debate, with Workshops throughout the week for knowledge-sharing and the showcasing of best practices from industry thought-leaders.

Please see the various the substreams of our Official Conference Programme below.

For the official schedule of the SportAccord Convention 2017, please see here.



THURSDAY, 6 APRIL 2017 - Dania & Nortvegia Room (Conference Room 1)

LawAccord 2017 is a Joint Session with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Co-Chaired by Stephen Townley, Chair, LawAccord and, Michael Lenard, ICAS, Vice President.

Lawyers, sports professionals and International Federations who wish to attend the LawAccord Conference only, at a day rate of CHF 750 (plus Danish VAT at 25%).
Please note, the day rate provides access to the SportAccord Convention Exhibition, a full day of Food & Beverage and the Thursday evening closing networking event. 

The annual must attend event for international sports federations, sports lawyers and others in the sports community, which will include:

  • Keynote sessions from CAS and WADA on all important developments during the last year.

  • Important announcement from CAS on the CAS Doping Division following the IOC Doping Symposium recommendations. A MUST attend for International Federations.

  • Unique themed session examining the way in which technology is sparking innovation, creating both challenges and opportunities for International Federations.

Click here for LawAccord programme PDF



14:00 – 14:15 - Welcome Address

14:15-14:45 - Keynote Address: Matthieu Reeb, Secretary General, Court of Arbitration for Sport

The latest from CAS”: Everything you need to know about the most recent jurisprudence and CAS rules. 

It is essential that lawyers and sports administrators are aware of recent CAS cases. Lessons learned from CAS disputes can be an extremely valuable insight in understanding concepts of good governance. 

14:45 – 15:00 - Commentary from Dr Reiner Martens on the Claudia Pechstein decision and its impact on sports arbitration.

15:00 – 15:30 - Interactive Workshop: Does an International Federation own intellectual property in its events in the virtual world, i.e. e-sports and virtual games?

E-sports and virtual reality games are being embraced by some sports, but not others. The IOC is seeking to embrace the digital world. What are the legal strategies to capture and monetise these assets and would you trust advice from a robot lawyer to deliver them?

15:30 – 15:45 - Coffee and Networking Break

15:45 - 16:15 - Keynote Address: Julien Sieveking, Director, Legal Affairs, World Anti-Doping Agency

An update on the implementation of the 2015 Code, WADA compliance program and a roundup of the latest WADA investigations.

This is and will be an eventful year for WADA which plays such a pivotal role in preventing cheating in sport. 

16:15 - 17:15 - CAS Doping Division

Update on important changes to the CAS Ad Hoc Doing Rules for PyeongChang and the IOC Anti-Doping Rules. Including an update on the IOC Doping Symposium recommendations, which are leading CAS to create a permanent CAS Doping Division into which International Federations can opt-in.

17:15 – 17:30 Announcement: Pro-Bono Sports Lawyer of the Year

17:30 - 18:30 Networking Event


Plus Member Discounts and Registration

Plus members receive a 15% discount to attend the SportAccord Convention, and a 33% discount to attend the LawAccord Conference. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the benefits. 

Event Properties

Event Date 02-04-2017
Event End Date 07-04-2017
Location Aarhus, Denmark


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