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), Charter, 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, McLaren is also a Professor of Law and former Interim Dean at Western University Canada.
McLaren is a commercial lawyer, a labour and commercial arbitrator, and a mediator. He is a longstanding member of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) — the world Supreme Court of sports disputes — based in Lausanne, Switzerland. He served CAS at the following winter and summer Olympic Games: Nagano, Japan, 1998; Sydney, Australia, 2000; Athens, Greece, 2004; Turin, Italy, 2006; Beijing, China, 2008. He also served at 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. He drafted its Code of Arbitration and served as its Co-Chief Arbitrator until 2006.
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. In 2016, he led the investigation into allegation of sample tampering at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.