The ninth edition of the EPFL Sports Law Bulletin has just been released

Transfers, FC Sion and other significant topics are the focus of this new issue
As in previous editions, the Sports Law Bulletin provides information-packed features on the legislative, regulatory and political aspects of the sporting world.

In this respect, EPFL CEO Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros turns a particular attention to the latest developments in the field of good governance and the fight against match fixing in his editorial. This is the opportunity for him to urge Government and EU institutions to adopt a more co-ordinated approach in their effort to safeguard sports integrity and call for the introduction of a set of measures such as the criminalisation of corrupt sports betting, the recognition of sports organisers’rights; the obligation for betting operators to settle bets based on the results as provided by competition organisers or the right for sports organisations to decide which types of bets, if any, can be offered on their competitions.

The issue of sports integrity is also part of the current discussions on the regulations of intermediaries’activities in football. In that framework, the EPFL’s contribution to the current debates on the international transfer system with calls for a new transparent, enforceable and sustainable regulatory structure for the activities of agents through the active involvement of all stakeholders is also given due recognition in the pages of this new edition.

Still very much related to the questions of the long-term integrity of football have been the increase of much-publicised affairs, which involved football stakeholders attempting to undo sports courts’rulings by appealing those decisions in front of civil courts.

The recent and on-going FC Sion saga is the latest and most resounding example of such a pattern. It is treated at length in the current issue of the Sports Law Bulletin – together with the Piau case which has seen taking on FIFA in front of ordinary courts.

To discuss these topics, the EPFL Sports Law Bulletin has benefitted from the contribution of numerous high level football executives, senior public officials and top-notch lawyers, who gives us their insights on the latest going-ons and the hottest debates in the world of sport in general and football in particular.

For this edition, the Sports Law Bulletin’s line up can boast the contribution of the following experts:

  • Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, EPFL CEO and a lawyer himself;
  • Portugal’s Sports Ministry’s Head of Cabinet Diogo Guia;
  • Rhadam’s Killy, Lawyer at Gaulle Fleurance & Associ’s in Paris, former Legal Counsel of the French On-line Gambling Authority (ARJEL) and former Legal Director of the French Tennis Federation;
  • Chris Anderson, Associate at Brabners Chaffe Street;
  • Portuguese Solicitor Rui Botica Santos;
  • Switzerland-based Attorney-at-law Kai Ludwig; and
  • Serhat Yilmaz, Doctoral Researcher at the University of Westminster.

This edition will also provide you with first-hand news on the main activities and plans set up by the association over the period running from April 2011 to March 2012.

Finally, the pages of the EPFL Sports Law Bulletin will enable readers to find out about the very latest legislative, regulatory and case-law developments in the field of sport at national, European and international level.

Read the Ninth EPFL Sports Law Bulleting

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