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

Published 02 October 2019 By: Louis Weston, Sarah Crowther QC

Whistleblower Law

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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