ISLA International Sports Law Conference „Sports & Money“ opened in Hamburg

Dr. Johan-Michel Menke, LL.M, of the commercial law firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s Hamburg office, in his function as Secretary General of the International Sports Lawyers Association (ISLA), Zurich, opened the ISLA International Sports Law Conference "Sports & Money " in Hamburg on October 15, 2015. The program is available here.

The main focus of the two-day event, held on Hamburg Chamber of Commerce’s Innovation Campus and at Bucerius Law School, is the Hanseatic city’s Olympic bid. In addition to Dr. Roland Czycholl, LL.B., Lawyer at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek and Conference Manager, participants of the discussion include:

  • Shaun Dawson, CEO Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, key player in London’s successful Olympic bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, London
  • Luca Ferrari, one of the world's most influential sports lawyers, withersworldwide, Milan
  • Dr. Nikolas Hill, General Manager of the Olympic bid company Bewerbungsgesellschaft Hamburg 2024, Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr. Ettie Ward, Director, LL.M. in International Sports Law and Practice, St. John's University, New York

As guest of honor at the second day of the conference, William Sternheimer, Managing Counsel & Head of Arbitration, Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Lausanne, held a presentation on "Match Fixing” jointly with longtime German CAS judge Prof. Dr. Martin Schimke.

"The conference is high-profile, not only in terms of speakers. All participants in this conference represent the ‘Who's Who’ of the sports law family and the sports industry. Jointly with the CEO of Bucerius Law School, Dr. Hariolf Wenzler, ISLA had already decided at the last ISLA Conference held also in Hamburg in 2013 to establish Hamburg, "The Gateway to the World," as a regular venue for an international sports law conference. Hamburg’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics shows that this decision was absolutely right," said Dr. Johan-Michel Menke. Dr. Roland Czycholl added, "We therefore want to exchange ideas in sports law in Hamburg and organize events in the future, including by involving Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek.” One of the upcoming events at Bucerius Law School will deal with "Current labor law issues in soccer" on November 18, 2015.

Zurich-headquartered International Sports Lawyers Association is the only global organization of sports lawyers. Dr. Johan-Michel Menke, LL.M., is long-time Secretary General of the association, together with Dr. Jan Räker, LL.M., Director Legal at VfB Stuttgart 1893 e.V.

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