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How game theory can help us design more effective whistleblowing polices for sports (Part 2)

Whistleblower Law
Wednesday, 02 October 2019 By Louis Weston, Sarah Crowther QC

This two part article considers how sports bodies can design more effective whistleblowing polices.

Part 1 (available here) examined three interesting scenarios from the behavioural field of game theory to help give us a better understanding of how decisions are made in difficult circumstances, analogous to those a potential Whistleblower may face. It then identified ways in which the ‘rules of the game’ might be changed to better incentivise a certain behavioural outcome.

Part 2 (below) builds on the theory from Part 1. It first examines the current state of Whistleblowing laws in England & Wales to ascertain the current ‘lay of the land’ and the lessons we may learn from within the law. It then combines this with the game theoretical learning from Part 1 to examine why Whistleblowing policies are necessary and how they might be best drafted to optimise effective reporting.

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Louis Weston

Louis Weston

Barrister, Outer Temple Chambers

Louis is a Barrister practising from chambers at Outer Temple. He is expert in corruption and misfeasance in sport.

Sarah Crowther QC

Sarah Crowther QC

Barrister, Outer Temple Chambers

Sarah Crowther QC has a broad practice with areas of focus in personal injury, private international law, clinical negligence and public law and discrimination cases.

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