LAUSANNE, Switzerland – SportAccord is delighted to confirm subject-matter expert Malcolm Speed AO will give the LawAccord Keynote Address: Good Governance is Crucial to the Success of Sport Organisations – but is Great Governance possible? To hear Malcolm Speed first-hand, organisations can register and attend LawAccord which is set to take place on Monday 6 May 2019 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia.

Malcolm Speed AO, former CEO of Cricket Australia and the International Cricket Council, and the Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University and Senior Fellow in the Faculty of Law at Melbourne University said:

“For the past decade, sporting bodies across the world have been urged to achieve good governance. Many sports have achieved this benchmark while many are still seeking to make changes to the way they are governed so that they can be satisfied that they achieve that level.

“The question now arises – Is there another benchmark? Is there a level of governance beyond good governance or is good governance enough? Is GREAT Governance achievable? If so, how is it different, what does it look like, it is worth the effort, does it produce on-field results, and has it been achieved in sport?  

“Over the past four decades, I have attended approximately 4000 sports meetings and have chaired about half of them. I have seen outbreaks of great governance from time to time.

“At LawAccord, we will dig deeper and try to diagnose, define, refine and challenge the concept of great governance." 

Michael Lenard, Vice President, ICAS will present a Scene Setter for the panel session that follows: Getting and Keeping your House in Order – Starting with the Man in the Mirror. This will focus on the key aspects of good governance covering structure, personnel, processes and autonomy with practical lessons learnt from the front line.

Panellists will include: John Boultbee, High Performance Director, Volleyball Australia; Francois Carrard, Attorney-at-Law, Partner, Kellerhals Carrard (Chairman of FIFA Reform Committee); Maria Clarke, Principal, Maria Clarke Lawyers (IAAF Governance Structure Reform Working Group; and James Kitching, Managing Director, Kitching Sports.

The overarching theme for LawAccord is: Key Opportunities, Challenges and Threats to Institutional Sport – From Within and Without. Delegates will be welcomed by Francesco Ricci Bitti, Acting-President, SportAccord and President of ASOIF.

Other LawAccord sessions throughout the day will include: the annual Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Update presented by Secretary General Matthieu Reeb; an Introduction to the Anti-Doping Division given by Managing Counsel and Head, Brent J. Nowicki; a CAS Sport Q&A session moderated by David Cassserly, Barrister, Partner, Kellerhals Carrard.

A Fireside Chat with Sir Craig Reedie GBE, President, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will take place with David Eades, Journalist and Anchor, BBC World. This will follow with an anti-doping panel session: Keeping the Playing Field Level, moderated by Elizabeth M Brimer S.C., Barrister & Arbitrator, Victorian Bar. Panellists include: Benjamin Cohen, Director General, International Testing Agency (ITA), Jacob Holmes, General Secretary Australian Athletes’ Alliance & CEO Australian Basketballers Association, and Ross Wenzel, Partner, Solicitor of Senior Courts of England & Wales, Kellerhals Carrard.

A 1-on-1 discussion: The Fight Against Match-Fixing will follow with Catherine Ordway, Assistant Professor (Sports Management), University of Canberra, Senior Consultant (Sports Law), Snedden Hall & Gallop Lawyers; and Iain Roy, Managing Director Royglo Pty Ltd.

Friedrich Martens, Head of OM Unit PMC, Ethics and Compliance Office, International Olympic Committee will present the Match-Fixing Q&A: Quick Wins and Reaching Compliance in the Prevention Against Match-Fixing from within the Olympic Movement.

Final afternoon sessions will cover ‘Rival Leagues/Competitions’ with a Scene Setter presented by Matthew Mitten, Professor of Law and the Executive Director of the National Sports Law Institute, LL.M., Marquette University Law School, CAS Arbitrator.

A panel session will follow moderated by Stephen Townley, Founder, Active Rights Management Limited, supported by case studies and presentations. Panellists include: Professor Jack Anderson, Director of Studies, Sports Law, University of Melbourne; Moya Dodd, Sports Administrator, Speaker, Gilbert + Tobin Partner; Paul Marsh, CEO, AFL Players Association; Andreas Zagklis, Secretary General, FIBA.

The day will finish with the LawAccord 2020 Awards Announcement from Matthew Mitten, Steve Townley and Hayden Opie, Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters), University of Melbourne, followed by evening network opportunities.

LawAccord is of particular interest to sport lawyers and administrators, international federations,

cities and regions, as well as event hosts. Organisations and legal experts can register for SportAccord and benefit from the full conference programme and all the networking opportunities on offer.

To become an Exhibitor or Partner contact the sales team: or phone +41 21 612 3070. To register as a delegate and watch past SportAccord footage visit

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SportAccord brings together international sports federations and organisations involved in the business of sport. The annual World Sport & Business Summit is a six-day event attended by leaders of the global sports community. It engages international sports federations, athletes, industry, rights holders, organising committees, cities, government, agencies, media, technology, legal teams, medical professionals, inventors, and subject matter experts – represented at the highest levels.

SportAccord is the only global sports business event attended by all the international sports federations and their stakeholders, who host their Annual General Assemblies during SportAccord.

These stakeholders include: ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations), AIOWF (Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations), ARISF (Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations), AIMS (Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport), GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations) and Associate Members. SportAccord receives the full support of the International Olympic Committee.

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