Sports lawyer and Deakin University academic Martin Hardie will be one of the keynote speakers at RoLIA’s conference on 15 November at The Mint in Sydney starting at 1 pm. Martin will be discussing how the “just war on doping” justifies the disregard of the rule of law, constitutional guarantees and human rights. Instead of proper legal processes, there is a shift towards governance through non legal measures, at the expense of certainty, fundamental protections and the rights of athletes themselves. In the society of competition, competition itself becomes the highest (or most efficient) form of governance.
Other speakers are the former head of ASADA, Richard Ings, sports lawyer Tim Fuller, sports psychologist Patsy Tremayne and sports journalist Tracey Holmes. Philip Boulten SC, President of the NSW Bar Association will open the conference and participate on the closing panel. Registration includes a light lunch and drinks afterwards, an opportunity to talk to the speakers and other participants in this rapidly emerging area of law as well as hearing from the experts about sports law challenges to the rule of law.