LAUSANNE, Switzerland – SportAccord Convention, the most influential sports business summit and global gathering for the sporting community, is delighted to share an overview of the #SAC2018 LawAccord conference programme set to take place on Wednesday, 18 April 2018. SportAccord Convention is attended by all international federations (IFs) and the LawAccord sessions will be of particular interest to IFs, cities and regions, event hosts, as well as lawyers and sports administrators.

The conference will be led by Stephen Townley, Chair of LawAccord and Michael Lenard, the Vice President of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) who commented:

“The LawAccord (1:50) conference is a crucial part of the (GAISF) SportAccord agenda. Here at SportAccord Convention, we have all the international federations present and they are an important stakeholder, like the NOCs, like the IOC, and like the athletes. So for us, it’s a prime moment to have conversations with them and provide education to them.” Lenard went on to say, “This year’s focus on the legal aspects of hosting major sports events is particularly relevant for stakeholders, as well as cities and legal teams.”

The legal business of awarding and hosting major events has changed significantly in recent years becoming ever more complex. International federations and cities are having to find new ways to work and collaborate, as well as satisfy all the legal requirements that come into play.

The LawAccord Conference programme will set-out to identify the legal risks for international federations and cities and what this means for legal teams and sports administrators. Topics will include: identifying and analysing areas of potential conflict in host city agreements; common disputes and challenges with hosting major events; and whether the host country may impact risk disputes at ‘local’ level.

Session topics will also cover the key drafting issues for lawyers and who should take the risk; the increasing impact of criminal law and anti-corruption regimes and how this affects awarding major sports events; anti-doping programmes and responsibilities; and how to mitigate against litigation risks including the role of insurance, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), and CAS ad hoc panels.

Registration for #SAC2018 is now open. Commenting on the benefits of attending the SAC2017 LawAccord conference and SportAccord Convention in Aarhus, Denmark, delegate Alain Zahlan De Cayetti, Managing Partner of CVML (Dubai) and Arbitrator with TAS-CAS, commented:

“This was my first SportAccord Convention. As a TAS-CAS Arbitrator, the LawAccord Conference gave me compelling enough reason to register, however, on arrival, it didn’t take long to realise that I should have scheduled to attend the entire week of the Convention. With all the international federations present and in particular, Mrs. Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris attending for the Paris 2024 Olympics and the Dubai Sports Council’s team, not to mention governing sports bodies and many industry leaders, the Convention gave me unique access to connect with many of the key people in sport. The Convention is a must-attend for any lawyer, legal team or practice involved in the business of sport if you want to quickly take advantage of a whole of host of opportunities in a short space of time.”

Details of the the LawAccord Conference Programme can be found here. Watch sessions and highlights from the SAC2017 LawAccord conference including an insightful panel discussion on eSports and virtual reality games with distinguished guests, Christian Sørenson, Head of Customer Experience at F.C. Copenhagen and Jakob Larsen, Director of the Danish Athletic Federation.

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SportAccord Convention

SportAccord Convention is the world’s premier and most exclusive annual event at the service of sport. Held in a different city each year, the Convention takes place over six days and is focused on driving positive change internationally and dedicated to engaging and connecting; international sports federations, rights holders, organising committees, cities, press and media, and organisations involved in the business of sport.

The SportAccord Convention is a not-for-profit organisation which annually brings together representatives from more than 100 International Sports Federations affiliated with the following umbrella organisations that host their Annual General Assemblies at the SportAccord Convention.

SportAccord (GAISF - Global Association of International Sports Federations), ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations), AIOWF (Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations), ARISF (Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations), AIMS (Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport) and Associate Members.

In addition, the SportAccord Convention receives the full support of the International Olympic Committee.


CVML is an independent law firm founded in 2003 with its headquarters in Paris and offices in Dubai, Singapore and Yangon. CVML Dubai is the oldest and largest French based firm in the Dubai International Financial Centre (UAE) and provides all types of Dispute Resolution and Business Law services. CVML (Dubai) specialises in a number of award-winning practice areas, including Sport Law and provides expertise and legal counsel to government sport entities, federations, major events and competitions, as well as athletes and clubs, based in the UAE and abroad.

International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS)

The ICAS is the governing body of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and manages its administration and finances. It is composed of twenty international judges or lawyers active in the judiciary, international arbitration and sports administration. The ICAS membership includes six former international athletes of whom four are Olympians.

Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

The CAS is an independent institution based in Lausanne, involved in resolving legal disputes in the field of sport through arbitration and mediation. The CAS jurisdiction is recognised by all Olympic sports federations and many non-Olympic federations. The CAS registers more than 400 cases each year.