8.2. Sports Law in Russia and the World: Current Issues

Friday, May 21
10:00 - 11:00

Channel 4
Open Access Live Stream

Track: 8. Culture. Education. Sport. Tourism
Discussion session

The development of sport and physical education, the emergence of new methods and forms of training for athletes, and the staging of competitions of various levels and formats have increased the demand for legal personnel to provide legal support for athletes, coaches and other professionals and organisations in the field of sport and physical education. How can the rights of athletes be protected? What are the most effective mechanisms for fighting corruption in sports competitions? What should we pay attention to when forming regulations and legislation on physical culture and sport? What lessons can we learn from international cooperation in sports?


Viktor Blazheev

Rector, Kutafin Moscow State Law University


Patrick Bracher

Director, Norton Rose Fullbright South Africa Inc

Ksenia Mashkova

State Secretary - Deputy Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation

Denis Rogachev

Deputy General Secretary of the Football Union of Russia, Head of the Sports Law Department Kutafin at Moscow State Law University

Veronika Loginova

Advisor to the Rector for Anti-Doping Programmes Development, Russian International Olympic University

Aleksandr Orlov

Lecturer in the Sports Law Department, Kutafin Moscow State Law University

Marina Pak

Arbitrator at the Arbitration Center at RSPP, General Secretary of the National Center of Sport Arbitration at the ANCO ‘Chamber of Arbitration for Sport’

Tamara Shashikhina

Chairman, Supervisory Board of the Russian Antidoping Agency (RUSADA)

Natalia Zaitseva

Member of a RUSADA Disciplinary Anti-Doping Committee



  • In 1998 Natalia was admitted to the Law School of the Rostov State University (currently known as the South Federal University). She specialised in Civil Law. In 2003 she obtained a degree in Law with honours.
  • In 2010 she obtained a degree in Economy (Finances and Credit) from the Financial University at the Russian Government and a master's degree in Finance from the New Economic School.
  • In 2011 she defended her Ph.D. thesis in The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration and obtained a Ph.D. degree in law.

Professional Background

  • Civil service class rank: Councillor of State Civil Service of the Moscow City, 3rd class.
  • Natalia worked at the Reform Management Centre, OJSC RAO UES of Russia, Moscow, and participated in developing a temporary and a final distribution strategy in the electric power industry and the electric power industry target model after liquidation of OJSC RAO UES of Russia and provided legal support for the reform.
  • Natalia worked as Head of the Corporate Strategy Division for OJSC RAO UES of Russia, Moscow.
  • Natalia was Deputy Head of the Corporate Relations & Financial Assets Office at the Moscow City Property Department.
  • She was also Councellor representing the Russian Federation in the EAEU Court.

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