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Why ‘national platforms’ are the cornerstone in the fight against match-fixing in sport: the Macolin Convention

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Monday, 18 June 2018 By Marc Henzelin, Giulio Palermo, Teresa Mayr

The system of "national platforms" as envisaged under the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competition (referred to as the “Macolin Convention” or the “Convention”) is the cornerstone of the increasingly sophisticated legal framework in the transnational fight against manipulation of sports, which mainly concerns betting1-related match fixing.

This article sheds light on the unique concept of information sharing and coordination between State and non-State enforcement actors under the Convention and will illustrate why the Convention’s success depends on the effective cooperation system of national platforms. Specifically, it looks at:

  • A brief introduction to the Macolin Convention and the concept of "national platforms"

  • The status of ratification of the Macolin Convention

  • The role of national platforms

  • The network of national platforms: the Group of Copenhagen

  • The informal application of the Macolin Convention and what obstacles remain in the transnational fight against manipulation of sports

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Marc Henzelin

Marc Henzelin

Marc Henzelin is a partner at LALIVE. He has vast experience in transnational and domestic litigation, in particular in international and economic criminal law, commercial and banking litigation, asset recovery, mutual legal assistance in criminal matters and extradition. In addition, he has significant experience in sports law and public international law. He regularly leads investigations and recently undertook an extensive cross border investigation into corrupt practices in sport as part of his role in the Independent Review Panel of Tennis.

Giulio Palermo

Giulio Palermo

Giulio Palermo is a partner at Archipel. He is admitted to the Bars of Rome, Madrid and Geneva and specialises in international arbitration both as counsel and arbitrator. He also advises sporting federations on recasting their settlement mechanisms and rules on integrity and he practices cross-border litigation with a special focus on court proceedings related to arbitration.

Teresa Mayr

Teresa Mayr

Teresa Mayr is a trainee lawyer in the international arbitration practice group at LALIVE. She has previously worked at the International Court of Justice in The Hague as well as at the United Nations in New York and Geneva. She is admitted to the New York State Bar. She holds a BA in Law from Cambridge University and an LL.M. in Advanced Studies in Public International Law from Leiden University.

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