Sports Law Panel Presentation: Athlete Rights vs Clean Sport

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Sports Law Panel Presentation: Athlete Rights vs Clean Sport


Monday 13 March, 2017

Time: 11am–12.30pm
Venue: Innovation Centre

Athletes have significant obligations regarding anti-doping requirements, such as informing the authorities of their whereabouts for all 365 days of the year, up to 3 months in advance, keeping a biological passport, limits on what medications and substances they can consume, random testing, and risks to privacy - as was endured by Kim Brennan in 2016.

The World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) imposes a strict liability regime to ensure the delivery of a “clean” sport. Nathan Deakes, former World Champion, four-time Olympian, Olympic Bronze Medallist and Commonwealth Gold Medal race walker, qualified lawyer and Athletics Australia Board member, will present a public lecture about the tension between sport maintaining its integrity with “clean” athletes on the one hand and the rights of athletes that are at risk subject to the WADA regulations on the other.

Following the lecture, a panel discussion with Nathan, Kim Brennan, World Champion, three-time Olympian, Olympic Silver and Gold Medal winning rower, 2016 AIS Female Athlete of the Year, qualified lawyer and columnist for The Age, and Dr Richard Lucas, Ethicist specialising in sports ethics, will expand on the topic to include insights from their experiences in this space. This exciting panel presentation is a must for all sports enthusiasts, athletes, lawyers and aspiring lawyers with an interest in the issues in and around drugs in sport.

Attendees are invited to ask questions on notice. Please forward proposed questions to

Register to attend by Friday 10 March.

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11am Welcome (Professor Pamela O'Connor)
11.10am Sports law lecture: Athletes rights vs Clean sport (Nathan Deakes)
11.45am Panel discussion (Kim Brennan, Nathan Deakes and Dr Richard Lucas)
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