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Sports Law Updates & Insights

Sports Law Updates & Insights

Date & TimeFriday 13 March 2020 12.30–3.45pm
Format Seminar
Price

Member

$360.00

Non-Member

$480.00

CPD Units 3
  • Substantive Law
Venue LIV, Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne View Map

Exclusive LIV Member Offer: Early Bird Discount
Book online by February 12 and receive 20% off the member price*

Featuring topics that have made recent headlines and stimulated discussions within the sporting world, this seminar offers unique insights into key legislations and debated issues that will better enable you to advise clients both on and off the field. Attend this seminar to explore the positive duty obligations of sporting organisations with respect to the growing inclusion of trans and gender diverse people in Australian sport; the legal implications of the rapidly changing eSports ecosystem; and key considerations when advising on athletes facing serious criminal charges.

Further details below.

Program Overview

  • Sports Law Updates & Insights - Friday 13 Mar
    • 12:00 PM Registration
    • 12:30 PM Opening & Welcome
    • 12:35 PM Discrimination in Sport

      The inclusion of trans and gender diverse people in Australian sport has gained significant national attention and reignited discussions within the legal sector on diversity and inclusion in Australian sport.

      Some of the critical issues for sporting organisations include:

      • Understanding how anti-discrimination laws operate in respect to transgender and gender diverse participants and administrators involved in sporting activities
      • Recognising where false assumptions can lead to discrimination and exclusion
      • Balancing exceptions to unlawful discrimination with the objective to promote inclusion in sport at all levels

      This session will highlight some key advice that can be provided to sporting organisations in regards to their obligations when satisfying the prohibition against discrimination in sport. This includes minimum steps such as the need for effective internal policies and complaint handling mechanisms, and best practice for building a fair, safe and inclusive culture.

      Presenters:

      • Katie Sweatmen, Special Counsel, K&L Gates
      • Gregory Frank, Education Consultant, VEOHRC

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law

    • 1:35 PM Esports – Recent and future changes to the rapidly changing eSports ecosystem

      Esports is arguably the fastest growing sport in the world, with the industry currently valued at over $1b globally.

      In this informative session, the presenter will discuss the recent developments in this space and highlight legal implications of systemic changes taking place at a rapid pace. It will equip attendees with knowledge on how to guide their clients through the maze of self-regulation, governance and multi-layered relationships of esports stakeholders.

      Topics covered include:

      • esports and Paris 2024 Olympics
      • esports; does it need a central regulatory body?
      • IP and esports
      • Future legal issues for esports

      Presenter: Paul Scagliotti, Senior Legal Counsel, Tennis Australia

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law

    • 2:35 PM Afternoon Tea
    • 2:45 PM Athletes Facing Serious Charges

      Following a series of off-field incidents involving National Rugby League players over the 2018/19 off-season, culminating with high-profile allegations against Jack de Belin, Australian Rugby League adopted a policy that requires players facing serious criminal charges (being offences punishable by a maximum penalty of 11 years' imprisonment or more) to be stood down on full pay pending the determination of the charge. The ruling has proven contentious, with some arguing a defendant should be treated innocent until proven guilty.

      This session will highlight a number of important considerations from the perspective of legal practitioners practicing in this area.

      Presenter: Professor Jack Anderson, Director of Studies, Sports Law, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law

    • 3:45 PM Close

Further Details

  • Full Description


    *Exempt from the Early Bird offer are CLC & YL members. The registration fee for these membership categories is $270.

    Featuring topics that have made recent headlines and stimulated discussions within the sporting world, this seminar offers unique insights into key legislations and debated issues that will better enable you to advise clients both on and off the field.

    Attend this seminar to explore the positive duty obligations of sporting organisations with respect to the growing inclusion of trans and gender diverse people in Australian sport; the legal implications of the rapidly changing eSports ecosystem; and key considerations when advising on athletes facing serious criminal charges.

    Topics covered include:

    • Obligations under the anti-discrimination law
    • Complying with the Equal Opportunity Act 2010
    • Best practice for building a fair, safe and inclusive culture
    • Recent and future changes to the eSports ecosystem
    • Does eSports need a central regulatory body?
    • Athletes in the criminal justice system
  • Presenters

    Katie Sweatmen, Special Counsel, K&L Gates

    Gregory Frank, Education Consultant, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

    Paul Scagliotti, Senior Legal Counsel, Tennis Australia

    Professor Jack Anderson, Director of Studies, Sports Law, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne

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