Event Date: April 18, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm Location: Alex Trebek Hall, 157 Séraphin-Marion Private
Presented by CIPS
Whistleblowers put their careers, reputations, and sometimes even their lives at stake to expose wrongdoing and abuses of power. When Russian middle-distance runner Yulia Stepanova came forward with evidence of systematic doping throughout the Russian athletics program, she and her husband were forced to flee to the US. The system she exposed involved not only encouraging athletes to take performance-enhancing drugs but also widespread bribing and corruption, all designed to undermine international anti-doping efforts.
Richard McLaren will provide an overview of current approaches to public- and private-sector whistleblower protection, identify the advantages and drawbacks of particular systems, and outline areas for future reform. This presentation is a vital to anyone interested in sports policy, anti-doping, anti-corruption, and whistleblower protection.
Richard McLaren H.B.A. (Western University), LL.B. (Western University), LL.M. (London), C.Arb. Barrister & Solicitor with the Law Society of Upper Canada called to the Ontario Bar. Counsel to the London, Ontario law firm McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP and Professor of Law and Interim Dean, the University of Western Ontario; Associate Dean 1979-82; teaching: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Contracts, Banking, Commercial Law, Secured Financing, Real Property Financing, Debtor-Creditor Rights, Sports Law, Bankruptcy and Insolvency and Business Law.
McLaren has experience as a commercial lawyer, a labour and commercial arbitrator, and a mediator. He is a long standing member of International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the world Supreme Court of sports disputes based in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has been a member of the ad Hoc Divisions of CAS at the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan in 1998 and Turin Italy in 2006; the Summer Olympic Games: in Sydney, Australia 2000; in Athens, Greece, 2004; and, in Beijing, China, 2008 and the Commonwealth Games in Manchester England in 2002.
McLaren was the founder of the ADRsportRed pilot dispute resolution program which later evolved into the Sports Dispute Resolution Centre for Canada where he drafted the Code of Arbitration and served as its Co-Chief Arbitrator for the inaugural three years until 2006. The SDRCC is a body dealing with disputes at the national level of Canada’s sport system.
A long-standing member of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport, he joined former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell in the Major League Baseball inquiry into the use of steroids, which culminated in the famed Mitchell Report in 2007. McLaren also led the investigation for the United States Olympic Committee into alleged cover-ups by USA Track & Field following the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.
Most recently McLaren was one of the three World Anti-Doping Agency’s independent commissioners who authored a scathing report, released in November, accusing many of Russia’s top track and field athletes of participating in a systematic doping program.