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10.2. International and National Sports Arbitration: Issues and Prospective

Thursday, May 17
16:30 - 18:30

Hall #1, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Participants will discuss following key points:

  • CAS’s monopoly on the market of sports arbitration: how to ensure independence from international sports authorities?
  • CAS procedures and global standards of arbitration proceedings: critical incompliance with UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules;
  • Issue of volunteer nature of arbitrary agreements and restriction of athletes from justice, particular sports arbitration reservations;
  • Contesting CAS decisions: ways of addressing and conflicts of jurisdictions;
  • overview of CAS latest decisions on claims on suspension of RusAF, Russian Paralympic Committee, on IOC’s decisions on disqualification of Russian athletes for violation at the Sochi 2014 Olympics, on IOC’s refusal to invite Russian athletes to the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics;
  • Assessment of effectiveness of CAS arbitration ad hoc based on decisions on Russian athletes at the Olympics 2016, 2018;
  • Arbitration of labor disputes in professional sports and sports of the highest achievements: issues of jurisdiction of arbitrary bodies;
  • Tightening of grounds of establishment and functioning of permanent arbitrary bodies, administering sports disputes, compared to Federal Law on Arbitration – feasibility of provisions of law.
  • Administration of sports litigation by several arbitrary bodies (competence of Sports Arbitral Tribunal, established by autonomous non-profit organization “Sports Arbitrary Chamber” and The International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (the ICAC at the RF CCI)).


Viktor Blazheev

Rector, Kutafin Moscow State Law University

Vladimir Gruzdev

Chairman of the Executive Board, Association of Lawyers of Russia


Michael Beloff

Queen’s Counsel, Blackstone Chambers

Aleksandra Brilliantova

Chief of Legal Department, Russian Olympic Committee

Michael Geistlinger

Professor, University of Salzburg

Ivan Marisin

Partner, Kuznetsov, Marisin and Partners LLC


Ivan Marisin graduated from Moscow State University, Law faculty in 1986 (with Honours), studied Law and Economics at the University of Vienna in 1990 and European Law at the University of Frankfurt in 1993. He also completed Executive Course of Harvard Business School in 2003.

At present Ivan Marisin is a senior partner of the Russian litigation law firm Kuznetsov, Marisin and Partners (KMP) which focuses on the complex disputes in Russia and abroad.

He has represented domestic and international clients in more than 100 major litigations and arbitrations worldwide, and has acted for Russian and foreign clients on corporate, banking and foreign investment matters over the last 30 years. Mr. Marisin has also advised on numerous commercial cases involving the recognition and enforcement in Russia of foreign judgments and awards.

Ivan Marisin is an accredited arbitrator at the ICAC, LCIA, International Arbitral Center in Vienna and other leading centers for arbitration.  He is listed as a top-tier dispute resolution practitioner in Russia by Chambers Global (2016), Chambers Europe (2016) and Legal 500 EMEA (2016).

Kseniya Mashkova

Head of Sports Law Center, Kutafin Moscow State Law University

Sergey Nikitin

Chief Adviser of the Presidential Office of the Russian Federation for Ensuring the Activities of the State Council of the Russian Federation

Denis Rogachev

Presidetial Legal Counsel of the Football Union of Russia, Head of Sports Law Subdepartment of the Kutafin Moscow State Law University

Nicholas Stewart

Queen’s Counsel, Ely Place Chambers

* The Programme may be subject to change