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Session 1: Contractual autonomy

Andrew Smith of Matrix Chambers, London

Andrew Smith, Matrix Chambers, Gray’s Inn, London

Andrew practises predominantly in the fields of employment and sport law. He is often instructed on high value and complex employment disputes involving allegations of discrimination and whistleblowing (acting both for claimants and a wide range of respondent clients), and he appears regularly in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (details of which can be viewed on his Matrix Chambers profile). Andrew has a growing practice in the field of sport law and was recently instructed by UEFA and FIFPro to draft a formal Complaint for submission to the European Commission regarding the practice of Third Party Ownership in football. He also acts for football clubs, players and managers – principally in relation to contractual disputes.

Dr Antoine Duval, Asser Instituut, Netherlands
Dr Antoine Duval LL.M., Asser Instituut, Den Haag, Netherlands

Antoine has been a Senior Researcher in European and International Sports Law at the Asser Instituut in The Hague since February 2014, and formerly a PhD Researcher at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence from 2009 to 2013. His PhD research focused on the interaction of Lex Sportiva (International Sports Law) and EU Law. Antoine has published widely on sports law including an article on "Lex Sportiva: A Playground for Transnational Law" in the European Law Journal (Volume 19, Issue 6, pages 822–842, November 2013). He is the co-editor of the Yearbook of International Sports Arbitration and the Editor-in-chief of the ASSER International Sports Law Blog. 

Professor Ian Blackshaw
Professor Ian Blackshaw

Ian is an International Sports Lawyer and a former Vice President Legal Affairs of the ISL Sports Marketing Group, Lucerne, Switzerland. He is Visiting Professor and an Honorary Fellow of the International Sports Law Centre of the TMC Asser Instituut in The Hague, The Netherlands and holds several other Visiting Professorships in Europe and elsewhere, including South Korea. He is also a Research Fellow at the prestigious Adams and Adams Centre for Intellectual Property Law at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is also Consulting Editor of ‘Global Sports Law and Taxation Reports’ (GSLTR). He is a prolific author of articles for several Law Journals, as well as many books on sports law, including ‘Sport and TV Rights’ and ‘Sport Mediation and Arbitration’ many of which are published by the TMC Asser Press. His latest book is on ‘Sports Marketing Agreements: The Legal, Fiscal and Practical Aspects’ and has a new book on ‘Sports Branding Law’ which is due to be published later this year. He is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne, and the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, Geneva, Switzerland. He chairs and speaks at many international sports law seminars around the world.

Leonardo Valladeres Pacheco de Oliveira
Dr Leonardo Valladares Pacheco de Oliveira, Anglia Ruskin University

Leonardo qualified as a lawyer in Brazil in 2002. Having graduated and passed the Brazilian Bar exam, after experience as a lawyer in the public sector, Leonardo moved to the private sector specialising in litigation in matters related to tort law, contracts, labour law and tax law. In 2008, Leonardo moved to England to pursue an LLM in International Trade Law at the University of Essex, followed by a PhD where, in 2014, he obtained the title of Philosophy Doctor. Currently, Leonardo is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Anglia Law School in Cambridge where he teaches contract law, international trade law, commercial contracts and international commercial arbitration.

Session 2: Political autonomy

Professor Jack Anderson, Queen’s University Belfast

Professor Jack Anderson, Queen’s University Belfast

Jack lectures in sports law and is a Professor of Law at Queen’s University, Belfast. He has published widely in the area of sports law, including the books The Legality of Boxing (2007); A Textbook on Modern Sports Law (2010); and Leading Cases in Sports Law (ed, 2013). Jack’s current research interest, as a partner investigator with the Australian Centre for Policing and Security and Interpol, is gambling-led corruption in sport. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Jack is a panel member on various national sports dispute resolution bodies such as Sports Resolutions (UK) and Just Sport Ireland. He still plays hurling (badly); is from Limerick (so follows 'de rubby'); is a supporter of (no sniggering) Watford FC/Udinese B; and basically has an interest in any sport that you can bet on.

Tom Serby
Tom Serby M.A., Anglia Ruskin University

Tom lectures in sports and employment law at ARU.  He is a prolific writer on sports law,  in particular in relation to match-fixing, and the financial regulation of sport. His recent articles include: ‘The Council of Europe Convention on Manipulation of Sports Competitions: the best bet for the global fight against match-fixing?’ ISLJ 2015 vol 15; ‘Follow the Money: Confiscation of Unexplained Wealth Laws and Sport’s Fixing Crisis  2013 I.SL.R. 1; ‘British football club insolvency: regulatory reform inevitable?’ I.S.L.J. (2014) 14:12-23; ‘'UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Regulations: the devil is in the detail’ G.S.L.T.R (2014); andThe State of EU Sports law: lessons from UEFA’s ‘Financial Fair Play’ Regulations’ I.S.L.J (2016). On summer days at various locations around Cambridge, Tom (a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club) can be seen pursuing his (dimming) dream of scoring a ton.

John O'Leary
John O’Leary, Anglia Ruskin University

John is a Senior Lecturer at ARU in sports law and employment law. His main area of research is sports law, where he has advised Parliament and the EU Commission and enjoys an international reputation. He is one of the authors of Sports Law (Taylor and Francis, Fourth edition, 2012) which is long established as a leading textbook on sports law, offering a comprehensive and authoritative examination of the legal issues surrounding and governing sport internationally. John publishes extensively on doping and sport and is the author of Drugs and Doping in Sports (Cavendish 2001).

Session 3: Legal autonomy

Dr Aysem Diker Vanberg
Dr Aysem Diker Vanberg, Anglia Ruskin University

Before entering academia, Aysem worked as an In House Counsel for several international companies. Aysem obtained her PhD from the University of Essex. Her doctoral research, entitled 'An analysis of Article 102 Treaty on the Functioning of European Union in dynamically competitive industries: prospects for change?', draws on European Competition Law, IT Law, IP Law and economics in order to assess the suitability of the current EU competition law to digital media companies such as Google.

Egle Dagilyte
Dr Egle Dagilyte, Anglia Ruskin University

Egle is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Anglia Law School, with expertise in European Union (EU) constitutional, human rights, and internal market law. Her research focuses in particular on European solidarity, EU citizenship, free movement of persons and welfare state; she has given conference papers and published in these areas internationally. Prior to Anglia Ruskin, Egle trained at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg and taught law at various European and UK universities, including King's College London where she was awarded a PhD. Outside academia, Egle's law-related work experience includes advice to the property industry, a children's educational charity, and consultancy for NGOs and a number of IT business start-ups.

Simon Boyes, Nottingham Law School
Simon Boyes, Nottingham Law School

Before joining Nottingham Law School, Simon was a Research Associate at the Centre for Study of Sport and Law at Kings College, University of London. He also spent three years working as a part of the International Sports Law Centre at Anglia Law School, ARU. His research interests include Sports Law and its relation to the European Union, the regulation of sports governing bodies, sports arbitration, legal aspects of doping and the World Anti-Doping Agency and international sports law. Simon has published work on a wide range of sports law topics and has provided expert comments to local, national and international press on news stories such as footballer John Terry's racism trial, Fabio Capello's resignation as England manager and the 2012 takeover of Nottingham Forest Football Club. Simon has also been awarded a grant and Joao Havelange Scholarship by the CIES (International Centre for Studies in Sport, University of Neuchatel in association with FIFA) for research relating to the legitimate limits of legal intervention in football.